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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

63. Herbert Marshall

ALL your sorrow, Louise, and hatred of me 
Sprang from your delusion that it was wantonness 
Of spirit and contempt of your soul’s rights 
Which made me turn to Annabelle and forsake you. 
You really grew to hate me for love of me,         5
Because I was your soul’s happiness, 
Formed and tempered 
To solve your life for you, and would not. 
But you were my misery. If you had been 
My happiness would I not have clung to you?  10
This is life’s sorrow: 
That one can be happy only where two are; 
And that our hearts are drawn to stars 
Which want us not. 


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