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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Calumny
By Frances Sargent Osgood (1811–1850)
 
[From Poems. Illustrated Edition. 1850.]

A WHISPER woke the air,
    A soft, light tone, and low,
    Yet barbed with shame and woe.
Ah! might it only perish there,
    Nor farther go!        5
 
But no! a quick and eager ear
    Caught up the little, meaning sound;
Another voice has breathed it clear;
    And so it wandered round
From ear to lip, from lip to ear,        10
Until it reached a gentle heart
That throbbed from all the world apart,
    And that—it broke!
 
 
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