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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
726. Christine
By John Hay
THE BEAUTY of the northern dawns,
    Their pure, pale light is thine;
Yet all the dreams of tropic nights
    Within thy blue eyes shine.
Not statelier in their prisoning seas        5
    The icebergs grandly move,
But in thy smile is youth and joy,
    And in thy voice is love.
Thou art like Hecla’s crest that stands
    So lonely, proud, and high,        10
No earthly thing may come between
    Her summit and the sky.
The sun in vain may strive to melt
    Her crown of virgin snow,
But the great heart of the mountain glows        15
    With deathless fire below.


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