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First Line: O faithful friend! O gentle wife!
Last Line: Genius and infancy and love!
Alternate Author Name(s): Greenwood, Grace
Subject(s): Holidays; Poetry & Poets; Valentine's Day

O FAITHFUL friend! O gentle wife!
I know I may not add to-day
One drop unto thy" wine of life,"
Of love, or happiness, or pride;
I know 't is only mine to lay
One rose-leaf on the mantling tide.
O, what without thy sunny face,
Lit with the day-spring from above,
Were thine abode of song and grace, --
Art's fairy realm, joy's resting-place, --
Where now a sacred trio meet,
Power, innocence, contentment sweet,
Genius and infancy and love!

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