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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
Anna Hempstead Branch.
62. While Loveliness Goes By
SOMETIMES when all the world seems grey and dun 
And nothing beautiful, a voice will cry, 
"Look out, look out! Angels are drawing nigh!" 
Then my slow burdens leave me one by one, 
And swiftly does my heart arise and run         5
Even like a child while loveliness goes by— 
And common folk seem children of the sky, 
And common things seem shapèd of the sun. 
Oh, pitiful! that I who love them, must 
So soon perceive their shining garments fade!  10
And slowly, slowly, from my eyes of trust 
Their flaming banners sink into a shade! 
While this earth's sunshine seems the golden dust 
Slow settling from that radiant cavalcade. 

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