This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
BY MRS. CRAWFORD.
WE PARTED in silence, we parted by night,
On the banks of that lonely river; Where the fragrant limes their boughs unite
We met - and we parted forever! The night-bird sung, and the stars above
Where the soul wears its mantle of glory.
We parted in silence, - our cheeks were wet With the tears that were past controlling:
We vowed we would never, no, never forget, And those vows, at the time, were consoling;
But those lips that echoed the sounds of mine
Has shrouded its fires forever.
And now, on the midnight sky I look,
And my heart grows full of weeping; Each star is to me a sealed book,
Some tale of that loved one keeping. We parted in silence, we parted in tears,
On the banks of that lonely river; But the odor and bloom of those bygone years
Shall hang o'er its waters forever.