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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
792. Who Knows?
By Nora Perry
WHO knows the thoughts of a child,
The angel unreconciled
To the new strange world that lies
Outstretched to its wondering eyes?
Who knows if a piteous fear,        5
Too deep for a sob or a tear,
Is beneath that breathless gaze
Of sudden and swift amaze,—
Some fear from the dim unknown,
Some shadow like black mist blown        10
Across the heavenly ray
Of this new-come dawning day?
But the smile which as sudden and swift
Breaks through the shadowy rift,—
From what far heaven or near,        15
What unseen blissful sphere,
Comes the smile of a little child,
This angel unreconciled
To the new, strange world that lies
Outstretched to its wondering eyes?        20


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