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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
The Old Suffragist

By Margaret Widdemer

(Contemporary American poet)
SHE could have loved—her woman-passions beat
  Deeper than theirs, or else she had not known
How to have dropped her heart beneath their feet
  A living stepping-stone:
The little hands—did they not clutch her heart?        5
  The guarding arms—was she not very tired?
Was it an easy thing to walk apart,
  Unresting, undesired?
She gave away her crown of woman-praise,
  Her gentleness and silent girlhood grace        10
To be a merriment for idle days,
  Scorn for the market-place:
She strove for an unvisioned, far-off good,
  For one far hope she knew she should not see:
These—not her daughters—crowned with motherhood        15
  And love and beauty—free.

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