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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Song: ‘O touch me not, unless thy soul’
By Ella Dietz Clymer (b. 1856?)
 
[Born in New York, N. Y. The Triumph of Love. 1878.—The Triumph of Time. 1884.]

O TOUCH me not, unless thy soul
  Can claim my soul as thine;
Give me no earthly flowers that fade,
  No love, but love divine:
For I gave thee immortal flowers,        5
That bloomed serene in heavenly bowers.
 
Look not with favor on my face,
  Nor answer my caress,
Unless my soul have first found grace
  Within thy sight; express        10
Only the truth, though it should be
Cold as the ice on northern sea.
 
O never speak of love to me,
  Unless thy heart can feel
That in the face of Deity        15
  Thou wouldst that love reveal:
For God is love, and His bright law
Should find our hearts without one flaw.
 
 
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