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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
A Palace of Dreams, and Other Verse (1901)
VI. Lost Eden
By Ada Bartrick Baker (1854– )
 
IN my heart is a burning woe
For a sin I sinn’d long years ago.
 
In those days my soul was mute,
Satan had me under his foot.
 
He bade me pluck, that whispering devil,        5
The fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Evil.
 
Every fiend that laughs in hell
Grinn’d with malice when I fell:
 
And my good Angel droop’d his wings,
Sad to record such shameful things.        10
 
But O! had I known the coming years,
I should have wept with blood for tears;
 
Ah! God, if my soul had understood,
I should have wept with tears of blood!
 
For now I know my bitter name:        15
’Twould curse his life with fire and shame;—
 
His life—alas!—with shame and fire
Who is the whole of my desire;
 
Who is the heaven I must forego.
O me! my heart’s a burning woe!        20
 
 
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