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  • The Traitor

    From The Topeka State Journal, October 28, 1914. By Helen Hay Whitney.

    They lit for me no torches
        When I came home to die,
    For I had sinned against the land
        Where soon I low must lie.

    Black darkness hung about me;
        The dark woods knew my shame;
    The little lovely leaves drew back
        And shivered as I came.

    I, who had laughed and loved them,
        Who solved their secret streams,
    Forgetting honor, grasped for gain
        In barter with my dreams.

    From man I ask no quarter,
        No pardon for my birth;
    But O deep heart, betrayed and wronged,
        Forgive me, Mother Earth.