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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1379. A Summer Sanctuary
 
By John Hall Ingham
 
 
I FOUND a yellow flower in the grass,
  A tiny flower with petals like a bell,
And yet, methought, more than a flower it was,—
  More like a miracle.
 
Above, the sky was clear, save where at times        5
  Soft-tinted fleeces drifted dreamily,
Bearing a benison to sunny climes
  From altars of the sea.
 
In vestments green the pines about me gleamed
  Like priests that tend the sacrificial fire;        10
And the faint-lowing cattle almost seemed
  Some far intoning choir.
 
It was a place and an occasion meet
  For some high, solemn wonder to befall;
And, when I saw the flower at my feet,        15
  I understood it all.
 

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