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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

My Other Me

By Grace Denio Litchfield (1849–1944)

[Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., 1849. Died in Goshen, N. Y., 1944.]

CHILDREN, do you ever,

In walks by land or sea,

Meet a little maiden

Long time lost to me?

She is gay and gladsome,

Has a laughing face,

And a heart as sunny;

And her name is Grace.

Naught she knows of sorrow,

Naught of doubt or blight;

Heaven is just above her—

All her thoughts are white.

Long time since I lost her,

That other Me of mine;

She crossed into Time’s shadow

Out of Youth’s sunshine.

Now the darkness keeps her;

And call her as I will,

The years that lie between us

Hide her from me still.

I am dull and pain-worn,

And lonely as can be—

Oh, children, if you meet her,

Send back my other Me!