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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
599. White Azaleas
By Harriet McEwen Kimball
AZALEAS—whitest of white!
  White as the drifted snow
Fresh-fallen out of the night,
  Before the coming glow
Tinges the morning light;        5
  When the light is like the snow,
And the silence is like the light:
  Light, and silence, and snow,—
    All—white!        10
White! not a hint
Of the creamy tint
  A rose will hold,
  The whitest rose, in its inmost fold;
Not a possible blush;        15
White as an embodied hush;
  A very rapture of white;
A wedlock of silence and light:
White, white as the wonder undefiled
Of Eve just wakened in Paradise;        20
Nay, white as the angel of a child
  That looks into God’s own eyes!


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