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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
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Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)
 
 
OUT of the window a sea of green trees
  Lift their soft boughs like the 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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