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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
522. Idleness
 
By Silas Weir Mitchell
 
 
THERE is no dearer lover of lost hours
            Than I.
I can be idler than the idlest flowers;
            More idly lie
Than noonday lilies languidly afloat,        5
And water pillowed in a windless moat.
  And I can be
Stiller than some gray stone
That hath no motion known.
  It seems to me        10
That my still idleness doth make my own
  All magic gifts of joy’s simplicity.
 

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