Verse > Anthologies > Higginson and Bigelow, eds. > American Sonnets
Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
“They said”
By Lucy Larcom (1824–1893)
THEY said of her, “What deeper natures feel
  Her calm existence never can have felt;”
  They said, “Her placid lips have never spelt
Hard lessons taught by Pain; her eyes reveal
No passionate yearning, no perplexed appeal        5
  To other eyes. Life and her heart have dealt
  With her but lightly.”—When the Pilgrims dwelt
First on these shores, lest savage hands should steal
To precious graves with desecrating tread,
  The burial-field was with the ploughshare crossed,        10
  And there the maize her silken tresses tossed.
With thanks those Pilgrims ate their bitter bread,
  While peaceful harvests hid what they had lost.
What if her smiles concealed from you her dead?

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