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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1508. In Youth
 
By Evaleen Stein
 
 
NOT lips of mine have ever said:
“Would God that I were dead!”
    Nay, cruel griefs! ye cannot break
    My love of life; nor can ye make
Oblivion blest in any wise,        5
    Nor death seem sweet for sorrow’s sake.
Life! life! my every pulse outcries
    For life, and love, and quickened breath,
    O God,—not not for death!
 

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