To the Friend of My Youth: To Kitty

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To the Friend of My Youth: To Kitty (1900) appears to be the final poem that Chopin published, a tribute to Kitty Garasché.
To the Friend of My Youth: To Kitty
Vincent van Gogh, Lilac Bush, 1889

It is not all of life
To cling together while the years glide past.
It is not all of love
To walk with clasped hands from first to last.
That mystic garland which the spring did twine
Of scented lilac and the new-blown rose,
Faster than chains will hold my soul to thine
Thro' joy, and grief, thro' life--unto its close.


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