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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
369. The Answer
 
By Sara Teasdale
 
 
WHEN I go back to earth
And all my joyous body
Puts off the red and white
That once had been so proud,
If men should pass above        5
With false and feeble pity,
My dust will find a voice
To answer them aloud:
 
“Be still, I am content,
Take back your poor compassion!—        10
Joy was a flame in me
Too steady to destroy.
Lithe as a bending reed
Loving the storm that sways her—
I found more joy in sorrow        15
Than you could find in joy.”
 

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