(November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900 / New Jersey)

Mystic Shadow

Mystic shadow, bending near me,
Who art thou?
Whence come ye?
And -- tell me -- is it fair
Or is the truth bitter as eaten fire?
Tell me!
Fear not that I should quaver.
For I dare -- I dare.
Then, tell me!

by Stephen Crane

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