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First Line: You can not understand, dear little one
Last Line: "then?"" in the dream-like years when I am dead."
Subject(s): Faces; Memory; Tears


YOU can not understand, dear little one,
Why tears of tenderness make blind my eyes,
In looking on your face that, like the sun,
Sheds gladness, holds the new day's bright surmise.

Perplexed, you touch me with a wondering hand;
Thank God, 'tis so, -- for when long years are fled,
Then will you know, remember, understand, . . .
"Then?" In the dream-like years when I am dead.





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