Julia Caroline (Ripley) Dorr

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Julia Caroline (Ripley) Dorr Biography

Julia Caroline (Ripley) Dorr (1825–1913) was an American author who published both prose and poetry. She was born at Charleston, South Carolina, but moved early in her life to New York City, then to Rutland, Vermont. There she married Hon. Seneca R. Dorr. Her earliest published writings appeared in 1848.

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The Kiss

When you lay before me dead,
In such pallid rest,
On those passive lips of thine
Not one kiss I pressed!

Did you wonder-looking down
From some higher sphere-
Knowing how we two had loved
Many and many a year?

Did you think me strange and cold
When I did not touch,
Even with reverent finger-tips,
What I had loved so much?

Ah! when last you kissed me, dear,
Know you what you said?
'Take this last kiss, my beloved,
Soon shall I be dead!

'Keep it for a solemn sign
Through our love's long night,
Till you give it back again
On some morning bright.'

So I gave you no caress;
But, remembering this,
Warm upon my lips I keep
Your last living kiss!

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