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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
647. A Spray of Honeysuckle
By Mary Emily Bradley
I BROKE one day a slender stem,
    Thick-set with little golden horns,
Half bud, half blossom, and a gem—
    Such as one finds in autumn morns
When all the grass with dew is strung—        5
On every fairy bugle hung.
Careless, I dropped it, in a place
    Where no light shone, and so forgot
Its delicate, dewy, flowering grace,
    Till presently from the dark spot        10
A charming sense of sweetness came,
That woke an answering sense of shame.
Quickly I thought, O heart of mine,
    A lesson for thee plain to read:
Thou needest not that light should shine,        15
    Or fellow-men thy virtues heed:
Enough—if haply this be so—
That thou hast sweetness to bestow!


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