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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
The Cynic
By Theodosia Garrison
 
I SAY it to comfort me over and over,
  Having a querulous heart to beguile,
Never had woman a tenderer lover—
  For a little while.
 
Oh, there never were eyes more eager to read her        5
  In her saddest mood or her moments gay,
Oh, there never were hands more strong to lead her—
  For a little way.
 
There never were loftier promises given
  Of love that should guard her the ages through,        10
As great, enduring and steadfast as Heaven—
  For a week or two.
 
Well, end as it does, I have had it, known it,
  For this shall I turn me to weep or pray?
Nay, rather I laugh that I thought to own it        15
  For more than a day.
 
 
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