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Poem Title:  He Loves

Poem Category:  Remembrance Poems

Poet:  William Schwenck Gilbert

Poet Biography: 
William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911), is perhaps more famous as part of the duo of Gilbert and Sullivan. An accomplished writer in his own right, his writings are wide and varied. Gilbert was knighted by Edward VII in 1907 and died in 1911, at age 74, while attempting to save a drowning woman. ..



Poem: 
He loves! If in the bygone years
Thine eyes have ever shed
Tears - bitter, unavailing tears,
For one untimely dead -
If in the eventide of life
Sad thoughts of her arise,
Then let the memory of thy wife
Plead for my boy - he dies!

He dies! If fondly laid aside
In some old cabinet,
Memorials of thy long-dead bride
Lie, dearly treasured yet,
Then let her hallowed bridal dress -
Her little dainty gloves -
Her withered flowers - her faded tress -
Plead for my boy - he loves!


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