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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1438. I Fear No Power a Woman Wields
By Ernest McGaffey
I FEAR no power a woman wields
While I can have the woods and fields,
With comradeship alone of gun,
Gray marsh-wastes and the burning sun.
For aye the heart’s most poignant pain        5
Will wear away ’neath hail and rain,
And rush of winds through branches bare
With something still to do and dare,
The lonely watch beside the shore,
The wild-fowl’s cry, the sweep of oar,        10
And paths of virgin sky to scan
Untrod, and so uncursed by man.
Gramercy, for thy haunting face,
Thy charm of voice and lissome grace,
I fear no power a woman wields        15
While I can have the woods and fields.


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