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Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914)

The Lonely Death


              1In the cold I will rise, I will bathe
              2In waters of ice; myself
              3Will shiver, and shrive myself,
              4Alone in the dawn, and anoint
              5Forehead and feet and hands;
              6I will shutter the windows from light,
              7I will place in their sockets the four
              8Tall candles and set them a-flame
              9In the grey of the dawn; and myself
            10Will lay myself straight in my bed,
            11And draw the sheet under my chin.


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text:
Publication date note: Verse (Rochester, NY: The Manas Press, 1915): 93.
PS 3505 R277 .V47 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition:
Recent editing: 1:2004/8/6


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