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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
365. Songs in a Hospital
Open Windows
By Sara Teasdale
OUT of the window a sea of green trees
  Lift their soft boughs like arms of a dancer;
They beckon and call me, “Come out in the sun!”
  But I cannot answer.
I am alone with Weakness and Pain,        5
  Sick abed and June is going,
I cannot keep her, she hurries by
  With the silver-green of her garments blowing.
Men and women pass in the street
  Glad of the shining sapphire weather;        10
But we know more of it than they,
  Pain and I together.
They are the runners in the sun,
  Breathless and blinded by the race,
But we are watchers in the shade        15
  Who speak with Wonder face to face.

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