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Am I to Lose You?

Louisa Sarah Bevington (1845-1895)

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‘Am I to lose you now?’ The words were light;
You spoke them, hardly seeking a reply,
That day I bid you quietly ‘Good-bye,’
And sought to hide my soul away from sight.
The question echoes, dear, through many a night,—
My question, not your own—most wistfully;
‘Am I to lose him?’asked my heart of me;
‘Am I to lose him now, and lose him quite?’

And only you can tell me. Do you care
That sometimes we in quietness should stand
As fellow-solitudes, hand firm in hand,
And thought with thought and hope with hope compare?
What is your answer? Mine must ever be,
‘I greatly need your friendship: leave it me.’

L.S. Bevington, Poems, Lyrics and Sonnets (London: Elliot Stock, 1882) 144.
The copy transcribed is from the University of California, Davis Library.