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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
31. Rosalie
 
By Washington Allston
 
 
“O POUR upon my soul again
    That sad, unearthly strain,
That seems from other worlds to plain;
Thus falling, falling from afar,
As if some melancholy star        5
Had mingled with her light her sighs,
    And dropped them from the skies!
 
“No,—never came from aught below
    This melody of woe,
That makes my heart to overflow,        10
As from a thousand gushing springs
Unknown before; that with it brings
This nameless light,—if light it be,—
    That veils the world I see.
 
“For all I see around me wears        15
    The hue of other spheres;
And something blent of smiles and tears
Comes from the very air I breathe.
O, nothing, sure, the stars beneath
Can mould a sadness like to this,—        20
    So like angelic bliss.”
 
So, at that dreamy hour of day,
    When the last lingering ray
Stops on the highest cloud to play,—
So thought the gentle Rosalie,        25
As on her maiden reverie
First fell the strain of him who stole
    In music to her soul.
 

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