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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1276. A Pine-Tree Buoy
By Harrison Smith Morris
WHERE all the winds were tranquil,
  And all the odors sweet,
And rings of tumbling upland
  Sloped down to kiss your feet:
There, in a nest of verdure,        5
  You grew from bud to bough;
You heard the song at mid-day,—
  At eve the plighted vow.
But fate that gives a guerdon
  Takes back a double fee:        10
She hewed you from your homestead
  And set you in the sea.
And every bowling billow
  Bends down your barren head
To hearken if the whisper        15
  Of what you knew is dead.


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