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First Line: One twilight was there when it seemed
Last Line: "over the last of the counting!"

ONE twilight was there when it seemed
New stars beneath young eyelids gleamed;

In vain the warning clock would creep
Anear the hour of beauty-sleep;

In vain the trundle yearned to hold
Far-Eyes and little Heart-of-Gold;

And love that kisses are the stuff of
At last for once there was enough of,

As though of all Affection's round
The fond climacteric had been found --

Each childish fancy heaping more,
Like spendthrift from a miser-store,
Till stopped by hug and stayed by kiss --
The sweet contention ran like this:

"How much do I love you?" (I remember but part
Of the words of the troth of this lover)
"I love you" -- he said -- "why -- I love you -- a heart
Brimful and running over.

"I love you a hundred!" said he, with a squeeze.
"A thousand!" said she, as she nestled;
"A million!" he cried in triumphant ease
While she with the numbers wrestled.

"Aha! I have found it!" she shouted, "aha!"
(The red to the soft cheeks mounting)
"I love you -- I love you -- I love you, Papa,
Over the last of the counting!"

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