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First Line: A whisper woke the air
Last Line: And that -- it broke!
Alternate Author Name(s): Vane, Violet
Variant Title(s): Slander
Subject(s): Defamation; Grief; Slander; Libel; Sorrow; Sadness

A WHISPER woke the air,
A soft, light tone, and low,
Yet barbed with shame and woe.
Ah! might it only perish there,
Nor farther go!

But no! a quick and eager ear
Caught up the little, meaning sound;
Another voice has breathed it clear;
And so it wandered round
From ear to lip, from lip to ear,
Until it reached a gentle heart
That throbbed from all the world apart
And that -- it broke!
It was the only heart it found, --
The only heart 't was meant to find,
When first its accents woke.
It reached that gentle heart at last,
And that -- it broke!

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