Many Voices

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Author: Edith Nesbit

Poem: the Death of Agnes

Now that the sunlight dies in my eyes,
And the moonlight grows in my hair,
I who was never very wise,
Never was very fair,
Virgin and martyr all my life,
What has life left to give
Me—who was never mother nor wife,
Never got leave to live?

Nothing of life could I clasp or claim,
Nothing could steal or save.
So when you come to carve my name,
Give me life in my grave.
To keep me warm when I sleep alone
A lie is little to give;
Call me "Magdalen" on my stone,
Though I died and did not live.

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Chicago: Edith Nesbit, "Poem: The Death of Agnes," Many Voices, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Many Voices (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PC161TM699QRG3C.

MLA: Nesbit, Edith. "Poem: The Death of Agnes." Many Voices, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Many Voices, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PC161TM699QRG3C.

Harvard: Nesbit, E, 'Poem: The Death of Agnes' in Many Voices, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Many Voices, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PC161TM699QRG3C.