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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1720. God’s Will
By Robert Louis Munger
I KNOW, I know where violets blow
  Upon a sweet hillside,
And very bashfully they grow
  And in the grasses hide—
It is the fairest field, I trow,        5
  In the whole world wide.
One spring I saw two lassies go,
  Brown cheek and laughing eye;
They swung their aprons to and fro,
  They filled them very high        10
With violets—then whispered low
  So strange, I wondered why.
I know where violet tendrils creep
  And crumbled tombstones lie,
The green churchyard is silence-deep;        15
  The village folk go by,
And lassies laugh and women weep,
  And God knows why.


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