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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Songs to a Singer, and Other Verses (1906)
IV. The Bitter Melody
By Rosa Newmarch (1857–1940)
IF I must name the song in which
  Your voice has touched my spirit most,
’Twas not that splendid music, rich
  In clarion-cries from Love’s glad host,
When victory and passion meet        5
In lives that never knew defeat.
’Twas in that bitter melody,
  Wherein love’s triumph had no part,
Which like a lone, unanswered sea
  Wailed in its woe, until my heart        10
Heard its own voiceless pain that spoke
And, realising, sobbed and broke.

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