To Flo Garrard

(Inscribed in a presentation
copy of "Echoes", Sept 1884)

I wrote you verses two years syne
When I was yours and you were mine
Will you accept these rhymes I send
If I but call myself your friend
And should my foolish songs discover
Some traces of your girlhood's lover
Forgive me—two long years apart
Still leaves me' mistress of my heart.