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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Bitter Herb
 
Jeanne Robert Foster
 
 
O BITTER herb, Forgetfulness,
I search for you in vain;
You are the only growing thing
Can take away my pain.
 
When I was young, this bitter herb        5
Grew wild on every hill;
I should have plucked a store of it,
And kept it by me still.
 
I hunt through all the meadows
Where once I wandered free,        10
But the rare herb, Forgetfulness,
It hides away from me.
 
O bitter herb, Forgetfulness,
Where is your drowsy breath?
Oh, can it be your seed has blown        15
Far as the Vales of Death?
 

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