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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
The Birch Tree at Loschwitz
By Amy Levy
AT Loschwitz above the city
  The air is sunny and chill;
The birch trees and the pine trees
  Grow thick upon the hill.
Lone and tall, with silver stem,        5
  A birch tree stands apart;
The passionate wind of spring-time
  Stirs in its leafy heart.
I lean against the birch tree,
  My arms around it twine;        10
It pulses, and leaps, and quivers,
  Like a human heart to mine.
One moment I stand, then sudden
  Let loose mine arms that cling:
O God! the lonely hillside,        15
  The passionate wind of spring!

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