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THE RETURN, by            
First Line: Helen softly stole to me just now
Last Line: Helen died a year ago to-day.
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Presence; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Male-female Relations

HELEN softly stole to me just now,
Smiled and chided while she smoothed my brow:
"Why so still and serious?
Please do n't be mysterious!
Laugh and love and let us both be gay!"

The shadow stirred and vanished; life was lit,
Quick ecstasy irradiating it;—
Ah, how I sprang to clasp her hand!
Hardly yet can I understand;—
Helen died a year ago to-day.

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