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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1152. What Though the Green Leaf Grow?
 
By Maybury Fleming
 
 
WHAT though the green leaf grow?
  ’T will last a month and day;
In all sweet flowers that blow
  Lurks Death, his slave Decay.
 
But if my lady smile        5
  There is no Death at all;
The world is fair the while,—
  What though the red leaf fall?
 

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