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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
781. Tempted
 
By Edward Rowland Sill
 
 
YES, I know what you say:
  Since it cannot be soul to soul,
Be it flesh to flesh, as it may;
  But is Earth the whole?
 
Shall a man betray the Past        5
  For all Earth gives?
“But the Past is dead?” At last
  It is all that lives.
 
Which were the nobler goal,—
  To snatch at the moment’s bliss        10
Or to swear I will keep my soul
  Clean for her kiss?
 

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