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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
“I Must Not Yield”
By Nora May French
 
I MUST not yield … but if he would not sing!
  My stilling hands upon my breast can feel
Its answer tremble like a muted string.
  Below the vaulted window where I kneel
 
He sings, he sings, to stars and listening skies.        5
  A white and haunted place my garden seems.—
I see the pleading beauty of his eyes
  As faces glimmer in a pool of dreams.
 
So wooing wind might sweep a harp awake.
  (Oh, muting fingers on each quivering string!)        10
I must not yield … I think my heart will break.
  Mother of Heaven, if he would not sing!
 
 
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