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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
 
Atalanta
By Maurice Thompson (1844–1901)
 
[From Songs of Fair Weather. 1883.]

WHEN spring grows old, and sleepy winds
  Set from the south with odors sweet,
I see my love, in green, cool groves,
  Speed down dusk aisles on shining feet.
 
She throws a kiss and bids me run,        5
  In whispers sweet as roses’ breath;
I know I cannot win the race,
  And at the end, I know, is death.
 
But joyfully I bare my limbs,
  Anoint me with the tropic breeze,        10
And feel through every sinew thrill
  The vigor of Hippomenes.
 
O race of love! we all have run
  Thy happy course through groves of spring,
And cared not, when at last we lost,        15
  For life or death, or anything!
 
 
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