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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
 
Amanda’s Inventory
By Julia Ward Howe (1819–1910)
 
[From Later Lyrics. 1866.]

THIS is my hat: behold its upstart plume,
Soaring like pride, that even in heaven asks room!
This is my cloak of scarlet splendor rare,
A saucy challenge to the sunset glare.
 
Behold my coach of state and pony-chaise,        5
A fairy pleasure for the summer days;
The steeds that fly, like lightnings in a leash,
With their rude Jove, subservient to my wish.
 
Here are my jewels; each a fortune holds;
A starving artist planned the graceful moulds:        10
Here hang my dresses in composed array,
A rainbow with a hue for every day.
 
These are my lovers, registered in date,
Who, with my dowry, seek myself to mate,
The haughtiest wooer wins me for his bride;        15
Who asks affection? Pride should wed with pride.
 
These are my friends, who hourly come or send,
Pleased with my notice and a finger-end;
Yonder’s my parson, proud to share my feast;
My doctor’s there, a sycophantic beast.        20
 
This is my villa, where I take my ease
With flowers well-ordered, and ambitious trees;
And this—what sudden spectre stays my breath?
Amanda, poor Amanda! this is death.
 
 
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