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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
834. Another Way
 
By Ambrose Bierce
 
 
I LAY in silence, dead. A woman came
    And laid a rose upon my breast, and said,
“May God be merciful.” She spoke my name,
    And added, “It is strange to think him dead.
 
“He loved me well enough, but ’t was his way        5
    To speak it lightly.” Then, beneath her breath:
“Besides”—I knew what further she would say,
    But then a footfall broke my dream of death.
 
To-day the words are mine. I lay the rose
    Upon her breast, and speak her name, and deem        10
It strange indeed that she is dead. God knows
    I had more pleasure in the other dream.
 

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