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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
White Azaleas
By Harriet McEwen Kimball (1834–1917)
 
AZALEAS—whitest of white!
  White as the drifted snow
Fresh-fallen out of the night,
  Before the coming glow
Tinges the morning light;        5
  When the light is like the snow,
    White,
And the silence is like the light;
  Light, and silence, and snow,—
    All—white!        10
 
White! not a hint
Of the creamy tint
  A rose will hold,
  The whitest rose, in its inmost fold;
Not a possible blush;        15
White as an embodied hush;
A very rapture of white;
A wedlock of silence and light.
White, white as the wonder undefiled
  Of Eve just wakened in Paradise;        20
Nay, white as the angel of a child
  That looks into God’s own eyes!
 
 
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