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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1523. The Dust
 
By Gertrude Hall
 
 
IT settles softly on your things,
  Impalpable, fine, light, dull, gray:
Her dingy dust-clout Betty brings,
  And singing brushes it away:
 
And it ’s a queen’s robe, once so proud,        5
  And it ’s the moths fed in its fold,
It ’s leaves, and roses, and the shroud
  Wherein an ancient saint was rolled.
 
And it is Beauty’s golden hair,
  And it is Genius’ crown of bay,        10
And it is lips once warm and fair
  That kissed in some forgotten May.…
 

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