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“ONLY.” by: J.W. Only a withered rose-bud! But she wore it in her hair, When she, in her glorious beauty, Was like that rose-bud fair. But as the flow’rets wither In the dewy morning tide, With all their sweetness round them, So she, fair rose-bud, died. And now, alas! she’s sleeping Where the rose-tree’s earliest […]

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The Departed Wife – Poem

From Godey’s 1864 – THE DEPARTED WIFE. Mrs. Susan W. Crosby died in Brunswick, Missouri, February 13, 1864. By E. Crosby O fair and lovely! They, whose eyes Had rested on thy face, Not soon forget that radiant smile Of gentleness and grace. O fair and lovely! They, who heard They words of truth refined, […]

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The Mounted Rifleman

Godey’s Lady Magazine 1864 THE MOUNTED RIFLEMAN. BY S. F. FLINT. (Seventh Illinois Veteran Mounted Infantry.)   My girth is tight – my stirrup strong- My steed is stanch and free; I wait to hear the bugle clear, To mount my saddletree. No soul to say a last “God speed!” I give no fond adieu; […]

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On The Surface – Poem

Godey’s 1864 p. 175 ON THE SURFACE. Yes, let me wear upon my brow The crown of thorns your hands have plaited; I’ll cover it with roses now; They never should have been unmated. Their leaves will take a deeper hue From ruby drops beneath them springing, And when, O World, my crown ye view, […]

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