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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

A Rose

By Helen Gray Cone (1859–1934)

[From Oberon and Puck: Verses Grave and Gay. 1885.]

TOO-PERFECT Rose, thy heavy breath has power

To wake a dim, an unexplained regret:

Art body to the soul of some deep hour

That all my seasons have not yielded yet?

But if it be so—Hour, too-perfect Hour,

Ah, blow not full, though all the yearning days

Should tremble bud-like, since the wind must shower

Thine unreturning grace along the ways!