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    I SMILE, BUT OH! MY HEART IS
  --  BREAKING   Table of Contents     THE OLD CRIB

Tucker, Mary E.
Poems

- THE CRUSHED FLOWER.


THE CRUSHED FLOWER.


AS through earth's garden once I strayed
I saw a rose tree fair--
And from it plucked an opening bud,
In all its beauty rare.

I gazed deep in its heart of hearts--
It blushed beneath my eye;
While its faint fragrance seemed to breath
A gentle, unheard sigh.

'Twas mine alone! I cherished it--
My frail and lovely flower!
Until another bud I found,
More beauteous, in an hour.
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Then with relentless hand I broke
The floweret's fragile stem:
I spoiled the gem that would have graced
A monarch's diadem!

But stern remorse soon touched my heart,--
Back to the spot I rushed.
Alas! too late; my flower was there,
But its poor heart was crushed!
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    I SMILE, BUT OH! MY HEART IS
  --  BREAKING   Table of Contents     THE OLD CRIB