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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1183. Unless
By Ella Dietz Glynes
O TOUCH me not, unless thy soul
  Can claim my soul as thine;
Give me no earthly flowers that fade,
  No love, but love divine:
For I gave thee immortal flowers,        5
That bloomed serene in heavenly bowers.
Look not with favor on my face,
  Nor answer my caress,
Unless my soul have first found grace
  Within thy sight; express        10
Only the truth, though it should be
Cold as the ice on northern sea.
O never speak of love to me,
  Unless thy heart can feel
That in the face of Deity        15
  Thou wouldst that love reveal:
For God is love, and His bright law
Should find our hearts without one flaw.


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