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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 Violet

By Adeline Dutton Train Whitney (1824–1906)

[From Pansies. 1872.]

GOD does not send us strange flowers every year,

When the spring winds blow o’er the pleasant places,

The same dear things lift up the same fair faces.

The violet is here.

It all comes back: the odor, grace, and hue;

Each sweet relation of its life repeated;

No blank is left, no looking-for is cheated;

It is the thing we knew.

So after the death-winter it must be.

God will not put strange signs in the heavenly places:

The old love shall look out from the old faces.

Veilchen! I shall have thee!