This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ...ere the bitter St. Agnes weather Shall whiten another year, Robed for the bridal and robed for the tomb, Braided brown hair and golden tress, There 'll be only one of you left for the bloom Of the bearded lips to press. Only one for the bridal pearls, The robe of satin and Brussels lace--Only one to blush through her curls At the sight of a lover's face. I TIME'S CHANGES. 231 O beautiful Madge, in your bridal white! For you the revel has just begun; But for her who sleeps in your arms to-night The revel of Life is done! But robed and crowned with your saintly bliss, Queen of Heaven and bride of the sun, O beautiful Maud, you'll never miss The kisses another hath won! Nora Perry. Time's Changes. I SAW her once--so freshly fair. That like a blossom just unfolding, She opened to life's cloudless air, And Nature joyed to view its moulding: Her smile,it haunts my memory yet; Her cheek's fine hue divinely glowing; Her rosebud mouth, her eyes of jet, Around on all their light bestowing. Oh, who could look on such a form, So nobly free, so softly tender, And darkly dream that earthly storm Should dim such sweet, delicious splendor? For in her mien, and in her face, And in her young step's fairy lightness, Nought could the raptured gazer trace But Beauty's glow and Pleasure's brightness. I saw her twice--an altered charm, But still of magic richest, rarest, Than girlhood's talisman less warm, Though yet of earthly sights the fairest; Upon her breast she held a child, The very image of its mother, Which ever to her smiling smiled--They seemed to live but in each other. But matron cares or lurking woe. Her thoughtless, sinless look had banished; And from her cheeks the roseate glow Of girlhood's balmy morn had vanished; Within her eyes, upon her brow, Lay something so...