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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
996. Come Love or Death
By Will Henry Thompson
O LIFTED face of mute appeal!
  Poor tongueless pantomime of prayer!
O sullen sea, whose deeps conceal
  The children of despair!
O heart that will not look above!        5
  Poor staggering feet that seek the wave!
I would come quick, if I were Love,
  And I had power to save.
O sinking sunset loneliness
  Aflame in hot, unmoving eyes!        10
Poor wan lips, creeping in distress
  To cover up your cries!
O broken speech, and sobbing breath!
  Poor restless and uncertain will!
I would come quick, if I were Death,        15
  And I had power to kill!


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