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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1374. The Rose’s Cup
By Frank Dempster Sherman
DOWN in a garden olden,—
  Just where, I do not know,—
A buttercup all golden
  Chanced near a rose to grow;
And every morning early,        5
  Before the birds were up,
A tiny dewdrop pearly
  Fell in this little cup.
This was the drink of water
  The rose had every day;        10
But no one yet has caught her
  While drinking in this way.
Surely, it is no treason
  To say she drinks so yet,
For that may be the reason        15
  Her lips with dew are wet.


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