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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1500. The Little Elf
 
By John Kendrick Bangs
 
 
I MET a little Elf-man, once,
  Down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small
  And why he didn’t grow.
 
He slightly frowned, and with his eye        5
  He looked me through and through.
“I ’m quite as big for me,” said he,
  “As you are big for you,”
 

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