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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
A Proem
By Samuel Ward (1814–1884)
 
[Born in New York, N. Y. Died at Pegli, Italy, 1884. From Lyrical Recreations. 1871.]

WHEN in my walks I meet some ruddy lad—
  Or swarthy man—with tray-beladen head,
Whose smile entreats me, or his visage sad,
  To buy the images he moulds for bread.
 
I think that,—though his poor Greek Slave in chains,        5
  His Venus and her Boy with plaster dart,
Be, like the Organ-Grinder’s quavering strains,
  But farthings in the currency of art,—
 
Such coins a kingly effigy still wear,
  Let metals base or precious in them mix:        10
The painted vellum hallows not the Prayer,
  Nor ivory nor gold the Crucifix.
 
 
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