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October 19.

St. Peter, of Alcantara, A. D. 1562. Sts. Ptolemy, Lucius, and another, A. D. 166. St. Frideswide, patroness of Oxford, 8th Cent. St. Ethbin, or Egbin, Abbot, 6th Cent.

The Last Rose of Summer.

'Tis the last rose of summer,
   Left blooming alone,
All her lovely companions
   Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
   No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
   Or give sigh for sigh!

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one
   To pine on the stem,
Since the lovely are sleepng,
   Go sleep thou with them;
Thus kindly I scatter
   Thy leaves o'er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
   Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
   When friendships decay,
And from love's shining circle
   The gems drop away!
When true hearts lie withered,
   And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit
   This bleak world alone?



Tall Tickseed. Coreopsis procosa.
Dedicated to St. Frideswide.