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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

Palabras Cariñosas

By Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)

GOOD-NIGHT! I have to say good-night

To such a host of peerless things!

Good-night unto the fragile hand

All queenly with its weight of rings;

Good-night to fond, uplifted eyes,

Good-night to chestnut braids of hair,

Good-night unto the perfect mouth,

And all the sweetness nestled there—

The snowy hand detains me, then

I’ll have to say Good-night again!

But there will come a time, my love,

When, if I read our stars aright,

I shall not linger by this porch

With my adieus. Till then, good-night!

You wish the time were now? And I.

You do not blush to wish it so?

You would have blushed yourself to death

To own so much a year ago—

What, both these snowy hands! ah, then

I’ll have to say Good-night again!