Poetry of Kansas

Could I Forget.

Could I forget the lover's vows she swore,
The lips that whispered sweet things o'er
        and o'er,
    The true deep eyes, twin heavens
        wherein were set
    Fair starry signs of joys that should be
I might, I sometimes think, be glad once
There might be lover's vows like those of
And other lips to whisper as before,
    And deep true eyes, wherein to drown
    Could I forget.
But when, ah me! I think what love she
What ultimate word she breathed e'en
        from the shore
    Where stood the Angel, his wings with
        Lethe wet,
What heaven was opened when our swift
        eyes met,
I know I must be wretched evermore
    Could I forget.
___Arthur Graves Canfield
Selected by Arthur Richmond Marsh
(Lawrence: Journal Publishing Co. 1888)
Page 34
April 9, 2004 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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