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If one should give me a heart to keep, With lovo for the golden key, The giver might live at ease or sleep; It should ne'er know pain, ba weary, or weep, The heart watch'd over by me. I would keep that heart as a casket hid - Whero precious jewels are ranged. A memory each; as you raise tho lid, You think you lore again as you did Of old, and nothing seems changed. How I should trcmblo day after day, As I touched with the golden key. Lest aught in that heart were changed, or say That another had stolen one thought away And it did not open to me. But ah! I should know that heart so well, As a heart so loving and true. As a heart that I held with a golden spell, That so long as I changed not I could fore- 1 tell That heart, would be changeless, too. I would keep that heart as the thought of Heaven, To dwell in a life apart; My good should be done, my gift be giveu, In hope of the recompense there; yea, even My life should bo led in that heart. And so on the eve of some blissful day, From within we should close the door On glimmering splendors of love, and stay In that heart shut up from the world away. Never to open it more. j A. O'Shmjohnessy.

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KEEPING A HEART., Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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KEEPING A HEART. Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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