Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THEY SAID, by LUCY LARCOM

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First Line: They said of her, she never can have felt
Last Line: What if her smiles concealed from you her dead?
Subject(s): Grief; Life; Pain; Pilgrimages & Pilgrims; Sorrow; Sadness; Suffering; Misery

They said of her, "She never can have felt
The sorrows that our deeper natures feel:"
They said, "Her placid lips have never spelt
Hard lessons taught by Pain; her eyes reveal
No passionate yearning, no perplexed appeal
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,
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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