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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

God Keep You

By Mary Ainge De Vere (Madeline Bridges)

GOD keep you, dearest, all this lonely night:

The winds are still,

The moon drops down behind the western hill.

God keep you safely till the morning light.

God keep you, when sweet slumber melts away,

And care and strife

Take up new arms, to fret your waking life.

God keep you through the battle of the day.

God keep you. Nay, beloved soul, how vain,

How poor is prayer!

I can but say again, and yet again,

God keep you, every time, and everywhere!