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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
339. A Proem
By Samuel Ward
WHEN in my walks I meet some ruddy lad—
  Or swarthy man—with tray-beladen head,
Whose smile entreats me, or his visage sad,
  To buy the images he moulds for bread,
I think that,—though his poor Greek Slave in chains,        5
  His Venus and her Boy with plaster dart,
Be, like the Organ-Grinder’s quavering strains,
  But farthings in the currency of art,—
Such coins a kingly effigy still wear,
  Let metals base or precious in them mix:        10
The painted vellum hallows not the Prayer,
  Nor ivory nor gold the Crucifix.


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