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    THE STORY OF A LIFE.   Table of Contents     WOMANHOOD -- DEATH.

Mossell, N.F.
The Work of Afro-American Women

- VERSE.
- MAIDENHOOD--LOVE.


MAIDENHOOD--LOVE.


A quiet room, an easy chair,
With firelight all aglow,
Two loving hearts beat happily--
Ah, quickly time doth flow.
raster
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A breathless parting for a year,
A tear from sweet, dark eye,
A joyful meeting at its close
Ah, quickly time doth fly.

A fancied bond of friendship,
A whispered confidence,
A wicked heart to prompt deceit,
And happiness flies hence.

A stolen page, a recreant love,
Ah, what is left to tell!
A broken heart, a weeping throng,
And then -- a funeral knell.

A wounded heart, a home bereft,
No daughter grace now lends,
Long, weary years of loneliness,
And thus the story ends.

    THE STORY OF A LIFE.   Table of Contents     WOMANHOOD -- DEATH.