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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
646. Beyond Recall
By Mary Emily Bradley
THERE was a time when Death and I
    Came face to face together:
I was but young indeed to die,
    And it was summer weather;
One happy year a wedded wife,        5
And I was slipping out of life.
You knelt beside me, and I heard,
    As from some far-off distance,
A bitter cry that dimly stirred
    My soul to make resistance.        10
You thought me dead; you called my name;
And back from Death itself I came.
But oh! that you had made no sign,
    That I had heard no crying!
For now the yearning voice is mine,        15
    And there is no replying:
Death never could so cruel be
As Life—and you—have proved to me!


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