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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1000. A Woman’s Execution
 
(Paris, 1871)
 
By Edward King
 
 
SWEET-BREATHED and young,
  The people’s daughter,
No nerves unstrung,
  Going to slaughter!
 
“Good morning, friends,        5
  You ’ll love us better,—
Make us amends:
  We ’ve burst your fetter!
 
“How the sun gleams!
  (Women are snarling):        10
Give me your beams,
  Liberty’s darling!
 
“Marie ’s my name;
  Christ’s mother bore it.
That badge? No shame:        15
  Glad that I wore it!”
 
(Hair to her waist,
  Limbs like a Venus):
Robes are displaced:
  “Soldiers, please screen us!        20
 
“He at the front?
  That is my lover:
Stood all the brunt;—
  Now—the fight’s over.
 
“Powder and bread        25
  Gave out together:
Droll! to be dead
  In this bright weather!
 
“Jean, boy, we might
  Have married in June!        30
This the wall? Right!
  Vive la Commune!”
 

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