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    III.   Table of Contents     GERARDA.

Bibb, Eloise
Poems

- DESTINY.
- IV.

IV.


Ten years have passed; they've done their
work
On Allsmere's stony heart.
No longer proud, nor arrogant
He feels love's piercing dart.
He longs again to touch that hand,
To kiss that fevered check;
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Away! he hastens to that land
His destined bride to seek.

He sees her by the water's side,
She kneels in tearful prayer.
"What does' she lisp? What are those,
words?
What is that sparkling there?
My ring! O Mariann, arise.
My love! Forgive thou me!
My other soul! I strove in vain
To baffle destiny."

"Lord Allsmere!--See, I wear thy ring?"
The maid, uprising, cried,
"In yonder fish, the cook, yestern,
By chance, the diamond spied.
And now, my love, no more this strife,
My heart's an fire for thee.
Oh, thou canst never fathom, love;
My heart's deep agony!"

"Come, Mariann! Fate's chosen bride,
Twin soul, I sought to slay.
Come to my heart, thou'lt never know
A care I cannot lay.
Come, warm my life,--thou beacon-light,
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Shine thou, this night, on me,
And I will bless forevermore
My planning Destiny.
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    III.   Table of Contents     GERARDA.