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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
915. Of One Who Neither Sees Nor Hears
 
By Richard Watson Gilder
 
 
SHE lives in light, not shadow;
  Not silence, but the sound
Which thrills the stars of heaven
  And trembles from the ground.
 
She breathes a finer ether,        5
  Beholds a keener sun;
In her supernal being
  Music and light are one.
 
Unknown the subtle senses
  That lead her through the day;        10
Love, light, and song and color
  Come by another way.
 
Sight brings she to the seeing,
  New song to those that hear;
Her braver spirit sounding        15
  Where mortals fail and fear.
 
She at the heart of being
  Serene and glad doth dwell;
Spirit with scarce a veil of flesh;
  A soul made visible.        20
 
Or is it only a lovely girl,
  With flowers at her maiden breast?
  —Helen, here is a book of song
  From the poet who loves you best.
 

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