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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
“I Will Not Give Thee All My Heart”
By Grace Hazard Conkling
 
I WILL not give thee all my heart
For that I need a place apart
To dream my dreams in, and I know
Few sheltered ways for dreams to go:
But when I shut the door upon        5
Some secret wonder—still, withdrawn—
Why dost thou love me even more,
And hold me closer than before?
 
When I of Love demand the least,
Thou biddest him to fire and feast:        10
When I am hungry and would eat,
There is no bread, though crusts were sweet.
If I with manna may be fed,
Shall I go all uncomforted?
Nay! Howsoever dear thou art,        15
I will not give thee all my heart.
 
 
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