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First Line: One thing I know all men would buy
Last Line: The harvest that you sowed unbidden.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


One thing I know all men would buy,
And some there be who do;
But I like those who turn and sigh
For better ones and new;

Their ways are never soon forgot
Out of my shallow mind,
And I like best what I have not,
As must all womankind.


Upon this night and every other
There will recur against my will
The theme of death that seeks to smother
Immanent strife, and hold me still

Under its nothingness, and under
Peace that was long ago resigned. . . .
(It is the lips that you may plunder;
Never invade the guarded mind.)


Here I lie hurt, who sought no pain,
But wanted still your gentleness
That was more lovely and more vain
Than this impulsive harsh caress.

Now nightly I shall break your sleep
With words and motions anger-ridden,
Calling aloud how you must reap
The harvest that you sowed unbidden.

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