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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
757. Recollection
 
By Amelia Walstien Carpenter
 
 
A SILVER birch-tree like a sacred maid
Set with a guard of stalwart hemlocks round,
Whose low-toned airs stole by with sighing sound,
Stirred, shivering slightly, as if half afraid
Where the black shadow crept along the ground.        5
Breathless she stood,—as one whose work is stayed,
But threads her shuttle while her thought has strayed
To times when wild fauns haunted all the rills,
And piped among the deep noon-checkered hills
Till all the land with song was overlaid.        10
O Pan, dear Pan! come forth from out the dark
Of those dream days; outsing our thrush and lark
Till laughter-loving youths from windowsills
Shall whisper, “Hark! who sang that love-song? Hark!”
 

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