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ELIZABETH AKERS ALLEN ("FLORENCE PERCY")
American poet
(1832 - 1911)

Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
  I am so weary of toil and of tears,--
    Toil without recompense, tears all in vain--
      Take them and give me my childhood again.
      - [Age]

Backward, turn backward, O Time in your flight!
  Make me a child again, just for to-night!
      - [Time]

Behold, we live through all things,--famine, thirst,
  Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
    All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
      On soul and body,--but we cannot die,
        Though we be sick, and tired, and faint, and worn,--
          Lo, all things can be borne!
      - Endurance [Experience]

Blush, happy maiden, when you feel
  The lips which press love's glowing seal;
    But as the slow years darklier roll,
      Grown wiser, the experienced soul
        Will own as dearer far than they
          The lips which kiss the tears away.
      - Kisses [Kisses]


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