Verse > Anthologies > Sara Teasdale, ed. > The Answering Voice
Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
The Other
By Ethna Carbery
I AM the Other—I who come
  To heal the wound she gave,
The wound that struck your fond words dumb,
  And left your world a grave.
What though you loved her—I love you,        5
  And so the most is said,
Here is my yearning heart, still true
  To yours her frailty bled.
(But oh! the bitter grief that I
  Kept hushed, the wild despair,        10
When your dear eyes had passed me by
  To find her face so fair.)
Now she hath gone her cruel way,
  And I am come again,
To seek among the husks to-day,        15
  For one sweet golden grain.
Because in me Love’s strength is great,
  Too great for pride, or sin,
I knock upon your heart’s barred gate,
  And pray you let me in.        20

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