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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
“Under Dusky Laurel Leaf”
By Margaret Widdemer
UNDER dusky laurel leaf,
  Scarlet leaf of rose,
I lie prone, who have known
  All a woman knows—
Love and grief and motherhood,        5
  Fame and mirth and scorn;
These are all shall befall
  Any woman born.
Jewel-laden are my hands,
  Tall my stone above;        10
Do not weep that I sleep
  Who was wise in love;
Where I walk a shadow gray
  Through gray asphodel,
I am glad, who have had        15
  All that Life could tell.

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