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KATE TEMPLE'S SONG, by                    
First Line: Only a touch, and nothing more
Last Line: Only a word, sweet! Only a touch!
Alternate Author Name(s): Collins, Mortimer
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings

ONLY a touch, and nothing more:
Ah! but never so touched before!
Touch of lip, was it? Touch of hand?
Either is easy to understand.
Earth may be smitten with fire or frost --
Never the touch of true love lost.
Only a word, was it? Scarce a word!
Musical whisper, softly heard,
Syllabled nothing -- just a breath --
'T will outlast life and 't will laugh at death.
Love with so little can do so much --
Only a word, sweet! Only a touch!

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