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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Suddenly
 
Leonora Speyer
 
 
SUDDENLY flickered a flame,
Suddenly fluttered a wing:
What, can a dead bird sing?
Somebody spoke your name.
 
Suddenly fluttered a wing,        5
Sounded a voice, the same,
Somebody spoke your name:
Oh, the remembering!
 
Sounded a voice, the same,
Song of the heart’s green spring,        10
Oh, the remembering:
Which of us was to blame?
 
Song of the heart’s green spring,
Wings that still flutter, lame,
Which of us was to blame?—        15
God, the slow withering!

  The Century Magazine
 

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