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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
By Katharine Tynan
I CAME into your room and spoke.
  Sudden I knew you were not there.
The easy, common sentence broke
  Against the unanswering air.
My heart shook like a frightened bird,        5
  And to my ear the terror said,
Where nothing spoke and nothing stirred,—
  Dear God, if he were dead!
I heard your footstep in the house,
  Your voice brought comfort to my fear.        10
But, fluttering like a frightened mouse,
  My heart beat at my ear.
The room wore its familiar face;
  On the warm hearth spirted the flame.
Yet—menace of an empty place—        15
  Lord, if he never came!

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