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Poem by Louise Chandler Moulton


The Last Good-by


HOW shall we know it is the last good-by?
The skies will not be darkened in that hour,
No sudden blight will fall on leaf or flower,
No single bird will hush its ceaseless cry,
And you will hold my hands, and smile or sigh
Just as before. Perchance the sudden tears
In your dear eyes will answer to my fears;
But there will come no voice of prophecy,--
No voice to whisper, "Now, and not again,
Space for last words, last kisses, and last prayer,
For all the wild unmitigated pain
Of those who, parting, clasp hands with despair:"--
"Who knows?" we say, but doubt and fear remain,
Would any choose to part thus unaware?



Louise Chandler Moulton


Louise Chandler Moulton's other poems:
  1. Future Forgiveness
  2. Hic Jacet
  3. My Birthday
  4. After Death
  5. Afar


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