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Mary Ashley Townsend

"... Solitude, like some unsounded bell, / Hangs full of secrets that it cannot tell ..."

Mary Ashley Townsend, "Down the Bayou," in Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed., An American Anthology 1787-1900 (1900)

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"I feel a poem in my heart to-night, / A still thing growing, -- / As if the darkness to the outer light / A song were owing ..."

Mary Ashley Townsend, "Embryo," in Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed., An American Anthology 1787-1900 (1900)

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Mary Ashley Townsend, U.S. poet
(1932 - 1901)

Full name: Mary Ashley Van Voorhis Townsend. She also used the name Xariffa.