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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
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By Alice Brown
 
 
SEAL thou the window! Yea, shut out the light
And bar my door to all the airs of spring.
Yet in my cell, concealed from curious sight,
Here will I sit and sing.
 
Deaf, blind, and wilt Thou have me dumb, also,        5
Telling in silence these sad beads of days?
So let it be: though no sweet numbers flow,
My breath shall be Thy praise.
 
Yea, though Thou slay the life wherein men see
The upward-mounting flame, the failing spark,        10
My heart of love, that heart Thou gavest me,
Shall beat on in the dark.
 

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