Robert Cameron Rogers: The Rosary

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

The Rosary

Robert Cameron Rogers

The hours I spent with thee, dear heart,
Are as a string of pearls to me;
I count them over, every one apart,
My rosary.
Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,
To still a heart in absence wrung;
I tell each bead unto the end ? and there
A cross is hung.
Oh, memories that bless ? and burn!
Oh, barren gain ? and bitter loss!
I kiss each bead, and strive at last to learn
To kiss the cross,
To kiss the cross.