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REMEMBRANCE, by            
First Line: Give rosemary for remembrance
Last Line: The memory of a smile.
Subject(s): Memory; Superstition; Tradition

"Give rosemary for remembrance,"
A saying old yet new,
As through the air -- a fragrance rare
Brings thoughts of friendship true.

We wear a poppy once a year
For those who marched away;
They seem so near -- yet for their bier
A blood-stained field of clay.

"We take a cup and drink it up"
For friends both far and near;
Then mem'ry strays -- to other days
And other scenes so dear.

"I find among my souvenirs"
A letter from a friend;
I read it o'er -- then as before
The tears fall to the end.

We often think of those we love
"That we have lost awhile,"
But hearts of gold -- are those who hold
The memory of a smile.

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