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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
A Nun
 
Odell Shepard
 
 
ONE glance and I had lost her in the riot
      Of tangled cries.
She trod the clamor with a cloistral quiet
      Deep in her eyes
As though she heard the muted music only        5
      That silence makes
Among dim mountain summits and on lonely
      Deserted lakes.
 
There is some broken song her heart remembers
      From long ago,        10
Some love lies buried deep, some passion’s embers
      Smothered in snow,
Far voices of a joy that sought and missed her
      Fail now, and cease …
And this has given the deep eyes of God’s sister        15
      Their dreadful peace.
 

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