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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
762. Forepledged
By John Lancaster Spalding
O WOMAN, let thy heart not cleave
  To any poet’s soul;
For he the muse will never leave,
  But follow to life’s goal.
Then trust him not, he is not thine,        5
  Whate’er he seems to be;
Strong unseen tendrils round him twine,
  And keep him still from thee.
His words with passion are athrill,
  And bear contagious fire;        10
He knows the charmer’s perfect skill
  To wake the heart’s desire.
But love him not, his love is woe;
  The genius at his side
Would prove for thee a fatal foe        15
  Wert thou his wedded bride.


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