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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
At the Shrine
By Richard Kendall Munkittrick
A PALE Italian peasant,
  Beside the dusty way,
Upon this morning pleasant
  Kneels in the sun to pray.
Silent in her devotion,        5
  With fervent glance she pleads;
Her finger’s only motion,
  Telling her amber beads.
Dreaming of ilex bowers
  Beyond the purple brine        10
Once more she sees the flowers
  Bloom at the wayside shrine.
And, while the mad crowd jostles,
  She, with a visage sweet,
Prays where the bisque apostles        15
  Are sold on Barclay Street.

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