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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1223. Deaf
By Henry Cuyler Bunner
AS to a bird’s song she were listening,
Her beautiful head is ever sidewise bent;
Her questioning eyes lift up their depths intent—
She, who will never hear the wild-birds sing.
My words within her ears’ cold chambers ring        5
Faint, with the city’s murmurous sub-tones blent;
Though with such sounds as suppliants may have sent
To high-throned goddesses, my speech takes wing.
Not for the side-poised head’s appealing grace
I gaze, nor hair where fire in shadow lies—        10
For her this world’s unhallowed noises base
Melt into silence; not our groans, our cries,
Our curses, reach that high-removëed place
Where dwells her spirit, innocently wise.


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