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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1530. A Wasted Sympathy
By Winifred Howells
DO not waste your pity, friend,
  When you see me weep as now;
Keep it to some better end.
When dry-eyed I went about
  With a leaden heart locked in        5
  By a silent tongue, ah! then
  Had you brought it, it had been
Sweet indeed to me; but now
  When the depths of my despair
Are upheaved and through the portals        10
  Of my heart come free as air,
It is useless. If you please,
  Give your thanks that to a woman
Tears are given, and be at ease.


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