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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women. 1917.


Corinne Roosevelt Robinson

I READ the pain and pathos of your eyes,

The aftermath of anguish in your smile,

And yet I can but envy you the while!

Your heart has bled, an ardent sacrifice

To Love’s fulfillment. You have paid the price

Of keen, fierce living; nor can aught defile

The joys that once have been—they still beguile

The tear-swept memory that Time defies.

My soul’s adventure, pallid, incomplete,

Has lingered in the twilight, for my heart

Has dwelt aloof in some dim atmosphere

Betwixt the Earth and Heaven. My alien feet

Have known nor Pain nor its great counterpart.

I, who have never loved, may shed no tear.