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About this Poem 

“Amaze” was published in Verse (The Manas Press, 1915). 

Amaze

I know
Not these my hands
And yet I think there was
A woman like me once had hands
Like these.

This poem is in the public domain. 

This poem is in the public domain. 

Adelaide Crapsey

Adelaide Crapsey

Adelaide Crapsey was born on September 9, 1878, in Brooklyn Heights, New York.  She was the third child of the Reverend Algernon Sidney Crapsey and Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey. Within the first year after Crapsey was born, her father became rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish in Rochester, New York, where the family then moved.

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Every day, 
Every day, 
Tell the hours 
By their shadows, 
By their shadows.
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If it 
Were lighter touch 
Than petal of flower resting 
On grass, oh still too heavy it were, 
Too heavy! 
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Listen. . .
With faint dry sound, 
Like steps of passing ghosts, 
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees 
And fall.