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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1483. Immortal Flowers
By Wallace Rice
OF old, a man who died
Had, in his pride,
Woman and steed and slave
Heaped at his grave;
Given this sudden end        5
Their souls to send,
Still serving, witherward
Their lord had fared.
Grown wiser, we, to-day,
A happier way        10
Find for our love and grief
And death’s relief:
Flowers their fragrance strew
Where he must go,
Gladden the narrow gate        15
Whereat we wait.
And there be those of us
Who! amorous
Of life and hope, can see
How gleefully        20
He, lonely, greets beyond
These flowers so fond,
Even as our common doom
Saddens their bloom.


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