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Aline Murray Kilmer

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Aline Murray Kilmer was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1888. She published five books of essays and poetry, most of which concerned war and loss, and two collections of children’s stories. Kilmer died in New Jersey in 1941.

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If I had loved you, soon, ah, soon I had lost you.
Had I been kind you had kissed me and gone your faithless way.
The kiss that I would not give is the kiss that your lips are holding:
Now you are mine forever, because of all I have cost you.

You think that you are free and have given over your