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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
845. Santa Barbara
 
By Francis Fisher Browne
 
 
BETWEEN the mountains and the sea,
  Walled by the rock, fringed by the foam,
A valley stretches fair and free
  Beneath the blue of heaven’s dome.
 
At rest in that fair valley lies        5
  Saint Barbara, the beauteous maid;
Above her head the cloudless skies
  Smile down upon her charms displayed.
 
The sunlit mountains o’er her shed
  The splendor of their purple tinge;        10
While round her like a mantle spread
  The blue seas with their silver fringe.
 
Enfolded in that soothing calm,
  The earth seems sweet, and heaver near;
The flowers bloom free, the air is balm,        15
  And summer rules the radiant year.
 

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