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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1529. The Poet and the Child
By Winifred Howells
“AND you, Sir Poet, shall you make, I pray,
  This child a poet with that insight rare
  They tell me poets have, that everywhere
He sees new beauties lost to common clay?”
“Nay,” said the poet, “rather lend the boy        5
  Your scarf of gauze, to veil his questioning eye,
  Lest in his pleasure he should aught descry
But what is fair; so shall he much enjoy.”
She lightly laughed as she regained the band
  Now strolling on (to her it seemed a jest        10
  Turned for her pleasure); but behind the rest
The poet and the child walked hand in hand.


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