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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1357. “Extras”
By Richard Burton
THE CROCUSES in the Square
  Lend a winsome touch to the May;
  The clouds are vanished away,
The weather is bland and fair;
Now peace seems everywhere.        5
  Hark to the raucous, sullen cries:
  “Extra! extra!”—tersely flies
  The news, and a great hope mounts, or dies.
About the bulletin-boards
  Dark knots of people surge;        10
  Strained faces show, then merge
In the inconspicuous hordes
That yet are the Nation’s lords.
  “Extra! extra! Big fight at sea!”
  Was the luck with us? Is it victory?        15
  Dear God, they died for you and me!
Meanwhile the crocuses down the street
With heaven’s own patience are calm and sweet.


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