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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
The Passer-by
By Edith M. Thomas
 
STEP lightly across the floor,
And somewhat more tender be.
 
There were many that passed my door,
Many that sought after me.
I gave them the passing word—        5
Ah, why did I give thee more?
I gave thee what could not be heard,
What had not been given before;
The beat of my heart I gave….
And I give thee this flower on my grave.        10
 
My face in the flower thou mayst see.
Step lightly across the floor.
 
 
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