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Tact

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Observant of the way she told
     So much of what was true,
No vanity could long withhold
     Regard that was her due:
She spared him the familiar guide,
     So easily achieved,
That only made a man to smile
     And left him undeceived.

Aware that all imagining
     Of more than what she meant
Would urge an end of everything,
     He stayed; and when he went,
They parted with a merry word
     That was to him as light
As any that was ever heard
     Upon a starry night.

She smiled a little, knowing well
     That he would not remark
The ruins of the a day that fell
     Around her in the dark:
He saw no ruins anywhere,
     Nor fancied there were scars
On anyone who lingered there,
     Along below the stars.

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