BETA

Elfie Meadows.

A sunny day in leafy June, white clouds are floating
high,
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Leisurely through the blue expanse, and bees hum
drowsily ;
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In shady nooks the cattle herd, and ruminating
doze,
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While onward, with a rippling song, the glancing river
flows.
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With fairy steps a maiden stroll’d along the rushy
bank,
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Her light foot hardly seem’d to crush the daisies where
it sank.
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The dragon-flies unheeding brush her soft curls as they
pass ;
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The wary lizard boldly peeps from neath his tuft of
grass.
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Beneath her hat of plaited straw her eyes shine soft and
blue
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Her tender, quivering mouth tells tales of feeling deep
and true :
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O Eltie Meadows !— scarce eighteen—how many a heart
has beat
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To kiss the flow’ret in your hand, the daisies ’neath
your feet !
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Yet scorn can dwell in those sweet eyes, cold words
those lips can speak ;
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For many, though you’re scarce eighteen, to gain your
love would seek.
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You wave them off with calm disdain. Have you no
heart to give ?
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Or is it in yourself alone, and for yourself, you live ?16
Not so, sweet Elfie : next your heart a tiny pledge you
wear,—
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Within a case of purest gold a lock of raven hair ;18
And ever and anon you take, and to your lips you
press,
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This token of unfailing love to cheer your loneliness.20
And if,” I ask, “ long years should pass, and he
should not return,
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This tribute of a fleeting love you scornfully would spurn ?”22
Never,” she says, with flashing eyes ; “ time matters
not to love ;
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And ours is true, —it springs below, but rears its fruit
above.”
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Ah, Elfie, but you little know how absence can
estrange,—
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How fondest hearts at last find out ’tis possible to change.”26
She stamp’d her little foot at me. “ I tell you ’tis not so27
With love that bears its flowers aloft, and has its roots
below.”
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Two men and a woman. One man is lying on the ground. The other man and the women are standing; the woman’s hands are on the men’s shoulders. The trio are in front of a tree; the tree has names, initials, and symbols carved into it. 1/2 page.
Others have said the same,” quoth I, “ who loved as
well as you,
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Yet ten or twenty years have served to prove their love
untrue.”
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Her small white hands she tightly clasp’d, and said,
with face a-glow,
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Their love no fruit could bear on high—it had no
root below.”
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And yours, my Elfie,” murmered I, “how can you
test its truth,—
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It may be that maturer years will scorn the love of
youth ?”
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Nay, try me not too hard,” she said, “I only know
I love,
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And love that has such reot below is perfected above.”36
We two sat on a mossy bank, her soft eyes look’d
before
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Into the river’s crystal depths; fain would I test her
more
;
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But one she little wist was near, had secretly o’erheard39
Words that his inmost heart had touch’d, his deepest
pulses stirr’d.
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And what,” he ask’d, in quivering tones, “if some
friend true and tried
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Had told you that your faithless Guy had found another
bride ?”
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Around his neck she wildly flung her arms with joyous
glee :
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Ah, never, Guy, would I believe you could be false
to me !”
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