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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
 
Mazurka
By Samuel Ward (1814–1884)
 
[From Lyrical Recreations. 1871.]

STAND aside while Schàmiloff,
In the hall of Pèterhof,
Drags the Queen of Beauty off,
Duchess Olga Ròmanoff,
Stemming the dance’s tide        5
With the Mazurka stride
  Which she, so lately
  Grand Duchess stately,
  Follows sedately.
Now, with a victor’s pride,        10
  Clasps he her slender waist,
Twin-like they onward glide,
  As though by foemen chased;
Now casts her loose, but holds,
  Vice-like, her captive hand;        15
While, like a tempest, rolls
  Louder the frantic band.
He tramps with fiercer swing,
She his pace following
Lightly as bird on wing,        20
Follows without demur
His clashing heel and spur;
He proud as Lucifer,
She, as an angel calm
Trusting his iron arm        25
Through the wild dance’s swarm,
Till the orchestral storm
Melts into melodies
Soft as a summer breeze.
Now other steps they choose,        30
He in his turn pursues
And her forgiveness woos,
With a beseeching joy,
Woos her retreating coy,
When, like a thunder-clap,        35
Halt! bids the leader’s rap,
And Duchess Olga sees
Schàmiloff on his knees.
 
 
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