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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1318. The Haunts of the Halcyon
By Charles Henry Luders
TO stand within a gently gliding boat,
Urged by a noiseless paddle at the stern,
Whipping the crystal mirror of the fern
In fairy bays where water-lilies float;
To hear your reel’s whirr echoed by the throat        5
Of a wild mocking-bird, or round some turn
To chance upon a wood-duck’s brood that churn
Swift passage toward their mother’s warning note,—
This is to rule a realm that nevermore
May aught but restful weariness invade;        10
This is to live again the old days o’er,
When nymph and dryad haunted stream and glade;
To dream sweet, idle dreams of having strayed
To Arcady, with all its golden lore.


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