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Esther's Songs.

(From " Themes and Variations " by Mrs J.

Glennie Wilson.) Three gay companions cheered me on my way, Once in the morning of a flowery day, With song, and dance, and merry madrigal.' One pledged me in the enchanted wine of love' One like a music-making wind would move, And one sang sweeter than the nightingale. Youth was the first to tire and lagbehind ; His winged sandals slipped, nor could he find Ever again the path to follow me.

Hope grew more silent nowhisfriend had fled; At last he stopped, and pressed my hand, and said— "Farewell! I'll meet thee at the Trystingtree!"

So on we went, with neither dance nor song; But 'with Love near, the way was never long, And distant music floated through the field. All, what is this ? Has Love forsaken me ? Wliere havel seen this heath—this stricken "'tree?— 1., .'.;''' ;\"' ' '', This river that glides slow and mournfully, Aud'^his great angel leaning on his sword ?, My< friends we^e gone. There was no helper The angel raised his visor, at my cry. .. I feared to see :the face of Death :—^ut he" I Smiled, and I sa\\K Love waiting'there for me.

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Esther's Songs., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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Esther's Songs. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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