Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Aug 31, 1844 - Jan 28, 1911


Two Ifs

by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

If it might only be
That in the singing sea,
The living, lighted sea,
There were a place for you to creep
Away, among the tinted weeds, and sleep, --
A cradled, curtained place for you
To take the happy rest for two!

And then if it might be
Appointed unto me
(God knows how sweet to me!)
To plunge into the sharp surprise
Of burning battle's blood and dust and cries,
And face the hottest fire for you,
And fight the bitter fight for two!


Poetic Studies
Copyright 1875
James R. Osgood And Company, Boston