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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
A Girl’s Songs
 
Mary Carolyn Davies
 
 
BORROWER

I SING of sorrow,
    I sing of weeping.
I have no sorrow.
 
I only borrow
From some tomorrow        5
    Where it lies sleeping,
Enough of sorrow
    To sing of weeping.
 
VINTAGE

Heartbreak that is too new
    Can not be used to make        10
Beauty that will startle;
    That takes an old heartbreak.
 
Old heartbreaks are old wine.
Too new to pour is mine.
 
THE KISS

Your kiss lies on my face
        15
    Like the first snow
Upon a summer place.
 
    Bewildered by that wonder,
    The grasses tremble under
    The thing they do not know.        20
    I tremble even so.
 
FREE

    Over and over
        I tell the sky:
        I am free—I!
 
    Over and over I tell the sea:        25
        —I am free!
 
    Over and over I tell my lover
        I am free, free!
    Over and over.
 
But when the night comes black and cold,        30
I who am young, with fear grow old;
And I know, when the world is clear of sound,
I am bound—bound.
 

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