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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1070. The Voice of the Void
 
By George Parsons Lathrop
 
 
I WARN, like the one drop of rain
On your face, ere the storm;
Or tremble in whispered refrain
  With your blood, beating warm.
I am the presence that ever        5
Baffles your touch’s endeavor,—
Gone like the glimmer of dust
  Dispersed by a gust.
I am the absence that taunts you,
The fancy that haunts you;        10
The ever unsatisfied guess
That, questioning emptiness,
Wins a sigh for reply.
  Nay, nothing am I,
But the flight of a breath—        15
  For I am Death!
 

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