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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

He May Go—If He Can

By Frances Sargent Osgood (1811–1850)

[From Poems. Illustrated Edition. 1850.]

LET me see him once more for a moment or two,

Let him tell me himself of his purpose, dear, do;

Let him gaze in these eyes while he lays out his plan

To escape me, and then he may go—if he can!

Let me see him once more, let me give him one smile,

Let me breathe but one word of endearment the while;

I ask but that moment—my life on the man!

Does he think to forget me? He may—if he can!