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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
107. Stains
 
By Theodosia Garrison
 
 
THE THREE ghosts on the lonesome road
  Spake each to one another,
“Whence came that stain about your mouth
  No lifted hand may cover?”
“From eating of forbidden fruit,        5
  Brother, my brother.”
 
The three ghosts on the sunless road
  Spake each to one another,
“Whence came that red burn on your foot
  No dust nor ash may cover?”        10
“I stamped a neighbor’s hearth-flame out,
  Brother, my brother.”
 
The three ghosts on the windless road
  Spake each to one another,
“Whence came that blood upon your hand        15
  No other hand may cover?”
“From breaking of a woman’s heart,
  Brother, my brother.”
 
“Yet on the earth clean men we walked,
  Glutton and Thief and Lover;        20
White flesh and fair it hid our stains
  That no man might discover.”
“Naked the soul goes up to God,
  Brother, my brother.”
 

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