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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1627. Why?
 
By Stephen Crane
 
 
BEHOLD, the grave of a wicked man,
And near it, a stern spirit.
 
There came a drooping maid with violets,
But the spirit grasped her arm.
“No flowers for him,” he said.        5
The maid wept:
“Ah, I loved him.”
But the spirit, grim and frowning:
No flowers for him.”
 
Now, this is it—        10
If the spirit was just,
Why did the maid weep?
 

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