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

“So Beautiful You Are Indeed”

Irene Rutherford McLeod

SO beautiful you are, indeed,

That I am troubled when you come,

And though I crave you for my need,

Your nearness strikes me blind and dumb.

And when you bring your lips to mine

My spirit trembles and escapes,

And you and I are turned divine,

Bereft of our familiar shapes.

And fearfully we tread cold space,

Naked of flesh and winged with flame,

… Until we find us face to face,

Each calling on the other’s name!