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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1229. To a June Breeze
Being a Lover’s Message to His Mistress A-summering
By Henry Cuyler Bunner
WIND of the City Streets,
    Impatient to be free,
In this dull time of heats
    My love takes wings to flee:
Leave thou this idle Town        5
And hunt Her down.
    Wherever She may stay,
        By Sea or Mountain-side,
    Make thou thy airy Way,
        If there She bide;        10
    If sea-spray kiss Her face;
    Or hills find grace.
And, having found Her out,
    On Sands or under Trees,
Say that I wait in doubt,        15
    To melt with love, or freeze:
Nor yet hath Summer stirred,
But waits Her word.
    Say that, if She so please,
        These ways so dusty-dry,        20
    With their poor song-shunned Trees,
        Shall ring with Melody;
    And turn Love’s Wilderness,
    If She say Yes.
But if my Fate fall so        25
    That She will naught of me,
Tell Her the Winter’s snow
    Shall strip the greenest tree:
One only Frost I fear—
She makes my year.        30
    Go, then, sweet Wind, and pray
        That She remember
    She makes my March or May,
        June or December—
If Town grow green with trees,        35
If the new Blossoms freeze,
    Hers it is but to say,—
Pray Her that so She please—
    Pray Her remember!


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