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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
648. The Beautiful
 
By John Aylmer Dorgan
 
 
THE BEAUTIFUL, which mocked his fond pursuing,
  The poet followed long;
With passionate purpose the shy shadow wooing,
  And soul-betraying song.
 
And still the fervor of his fond endeavor        5
  To him seemed poured in vain,
And all in vain, forever and forever,
  The sorrow of his strain.
 
But when at last he perished broken-hearted,
  The world, grown dark and dull,        10
Bewailed the radiance with him departed
  Who was the Beautiful.
 

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