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

The Passer-by

Edith M. Thomas

STEP lightly across the floor,

And somewhat more tender be.

There were many that passed my door,

Many that sought after me.

I gave them the passing word—

Ah, why did I give thee more?

I gave thee what could not be heard,

What had not been given before;

The beat of my heart I gave….

And I give thee this flower on my grave.

My face in the flower thou mayst see.

Step lightly across the floor.