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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1391. A Tribute of Grasses
 
To W. W.
 
By Hamlin Garland
 
 
SERENE, vast head, with silver cloud of hair
Lined on the purple dusk of death,
A stern medallion, velvet set—
Old Norseman, throned, not chained upon thy chair,
Thy grasp of hand, thy hearty breath        5
    Of welcome thrills me yet
    As when I faced thee there!
 
Loving my plain as thou thy sea,
Facing the East as thou the West,
I bring a handful of grass to thee,—        10
The prairie grasses I know the best;
Type of the wealth and width of the plain,
Strong of the strength of the wind and sleet,
Fragrant with sunlight and cool with rain,
I bring it and lay it low at thy feet,        15
    Here by the eastern sea.
 

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