Verse > Anthologies > Sara Teasdale, ed. > The Answering Voice
Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
The Man
By Helen Hay Whitney
THE FLAME is spent, I can no more
Hold the tall candle by your door;
Too often have I watched to see
Your lagging steps come home to me.
The Tyrian traders taught me this:        5
They came perfumed with ambergris,
With amethystine robes, and hair
Curled by the kisses of salt air.
They mocked me for my weary hands
Holding your light as love demands;        10
They sang the lure of poppied sleep,
Their lips were warm, their eyes were deep.
The flame is spent—your pale, weak face
Must seek another resting place;
Win me and hold me now who can—        15
The Tyrian trader was a man.

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