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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
953. Clover
By John Banister Tabb
LITTLE masters, hat in hand
Let me in your presence stand,
Till your silence solve for me
This your threefold mystery.
Tell me—for I long to know—        5
How, in darkness there below,
Was your fairy fabric spun,
Spread and fashioned, three in one
Did your gossips gold and blue,
Sky and Sunshine, choose for you,        10
Ere your triple forms were seen,
Suited liveries of green?
Can ye,—if ye dwelt indeed
Captives of a prison seed,—
Like the Genie, once again        15
Get you back into the grain?
Little masters, may I stand
In your presence, hat in hand,
Waiting till you solve for me
This your threefold mystery?        20


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