Poetry of Kansas
 

False Words.

I will not breathe in the deep shaded forest,
   I will not whisper to murmuring streams
That I e'er thought of or loved thee in earnest-
   Time will not tell that I sought thee in dreams.

Cheerful thro' life with proud spirit tho' broken,
   I will pass on tho' this earth prove a goal;
I will not lisp of thy love as a token,
   I will not tell how it burned in my soul.

Others can't know that I feel forsaken,
   For my ambition proves only the same;
Fate can't make known that my heart-strings are
    shaken
   For the false words which I care not to name

__James S. Jennings.

Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)
Page 54

 
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