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239

THE MAID OF THE MERRY HEART.

"And if with the dead," the soldier said,
  "On the battle-field I lie,
Forever I miss the costly kiss
  That thou coldly dost deny !"

Then a playful smile she tried, the while,
  And a careless speech to frame —
"I will kiss the rose that freshly blows
  O'er thy mound of deathless fame —

"I will kiss the moss — the holy Cross
  Where it shines above thy rest — "
Ere the light words passed her tears fell fast,
  And she sunk upon his breast.