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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXIV. Bitter Sorrow
‘They Said’
By Lucy Larcom (1826–1893)
 
THEY said of her, ‘She never can have felt
  The sorrows that our deeper natures feel’:
They said, ‘Her placid lips have never spelt
  Hard lessons taught by Pain; her eyes reveal
  No passionate yearning, no perplexed appeal        5
To other eyes. Life and her heart have dealt
With her but lightly.’—When the Pilgrims dwelt
  First on these shores, lest savage hands should steal
To precious graves with desecrating tread,
  The burial-field was with the ploughshare crossed        10
  And there the maize her silken tresses tossed.
With thanks those Pilgrims ate their bitter bread,
  While peaceful harvests hid what they had lost.
—What if her smiles concealed from you her dead?
 
 
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