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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
936. Written on a Fly-Leaf of Theocritus
By Maurice Thompson
THOSE were good times, in olden days,
  Of which the poet has his dreams,
When gods beset the woodland ways,
  And lay in wait by all the streams.
One could be sure of something then        5
  Severely simple, simply grand,
Or keenly, subtly sweet, as when
  Venus and Love went hand in hand.
Now I would give (such is my need)
  All the world’s store of rhythm and rhyme        10
To see Pan fluting on a reed
  And with his goat-hoof keeping time!


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