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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
797. The Wayside
By James Herbert Morse
THERE are some quiet ways—
  Ay, not a few—
Where the affections grow,
  And noble days
  Distil a gentle praise        5
  That, as cool dew,
  Or aromatic gums
  Within a bower,
  In after-times becomes
  A calm, perennial dower.        10
There wayside bush and briar!
  These lend a grace,
Flashing a glad assent
  To sweet desire.
  All their interior choir        15
  The woodlands place
  At service to command;
  Man need not know,
  In such a favored land,
  The ways that proud folk go.        20
Perhaps the day may be,
  Dear heart of mine,
When riches press too near
  Outside, and we,
  To live unfettered, flee        25
  The great and fine,
  And hide our little home
  In some deep grove,
  Where they alone may come
  Who only come for love.        30


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