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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Windflower
 
Bliss Carman (1861–1929)
 
 
BETWEEN the roadside and the wood,
  Between the dawning and the dew,
A tiny flower before the wind,
  Ephemeral in time, I grew.
 
The chance of straying feet came by,—        5
  Nor death nor love nor any name
Known among men in all their lands,—
  Yet failure put desire to shame.
 
To-night can bring no healing now,
  The calm of yesternight is gone;        10
Surely the wind is but the wind,
  And I a broken waif thereon.
 
How fair my thousand brothers wave
  Upon the floor of God’s abode:
Whence came that careless wanderer        15
  Between the woodside and the road!
 

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