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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

Song: ‘Dear eyes, forbear to weep’

By Kate M. Bishop

DEAR eyes, forbear to weep,

Seeing where heavy-lidded sleep

Stands at the threshold of the day,

Ready to bear thy woes away.

Sad heart, forbear to break,

Knowing that even the violets wake

And seek the spring with wistful eyes

Under the gray of winter skies.

Ah, Love! ask not to die,

Watching the moon fade down the sky,

A trembling crescent, that anew

Rounds to a bubble ’gainst the blue.

And surely we who wait,

Unquestioning, the gifts of fate,

Waiting, shall find life’s hoarded sweet

Flung with the flood-tide at our feet.

The Overland Monthly. 1883.