The Poems of Richard Watson Gilder

The Poems of Richard Watson Gilder

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The Poems of Richard Watson Gilder

The Poems of Richard Watson Gilder

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(AFTER THE ITALIAN)

I KNOW not if I love her overmuch;
But this I know, that when unto her face
She lifts her hand, which rests there, still, a space,
Then slowly falls -- 't is I who feel that touch.

And when she sudden shakes her head, with such
A look, I soon her secret meaning trace.
So when she runs I think 't is I who race.
Like a poor cripple who has lost his crutch

I am if she is gone; and when she goes,
I know not why, for that is a strange art --
As if myself should from myself depart.

I know not if I love her more than those
Who long her light have known; but for the rose
She covers in her hair, I'd give my heart.

II -- SONNET

(AFTER THE ITALIAN)

I LIKE her gentle hand that sometimes strays,
To find the place, through the same book with
mine;

I like her feet; and O, those eyes divine!
And when we say farewell, perhaps she stays

Love-lingering -- then hurries on her ways,
As if she thought, "To end my pain and thine."
I like her voice better than new-made wine;
I like the mandolin whereon she plays.

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