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So detached and cool she is No motion e'er betrays The secret life within her soul, The anguish of her days. She seems to look upon the world With cold ironic eyes, To spurn emotion's fevered sway, To scoff at tears and sighs. But once a woman with a child Passed by her on the street, And once she heard from casual lips A man's name, bitter-sweet. Such baffled yearning in her eyes, Such pain upon her face! I turned aside until the mask Was slipped once more in place.