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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1531. Past
 
By Winifred Howells
 
 
THERE, as she sewed, came floating through her head
Odd bits of poems, learned in other days
And long forgotten in the noisier ways
Through which the fortunes of her life now led;
And looking up, she saw upon the shelf        5
In dusty rank her favorite poets stand,
All uncaressed by her fond eye or hand;
And her heart smote her, thinking how herself
Had loved them once and found in them all good
As well as beauty, filling every need;        10
But now they could not fill the emptiness
Of heart she felt ev’n in her gayest mood.
She wanted once no work her heart to feed,
And to be idle once was no distress.
 

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