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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
 
And Who is She?
By John Vance Cheney (1848–1922)
 
[Born in Groveland, Livingston Co., N. Y., 1848. Died in San Diego, Cal., 1922. Thistle-Drift. 1887.—Wood-Blooms. 1888.]

SHE lives, she lives up in the hills
  Where mists and eagles are,
Blithe shepherdess of rocks and rills,
  ’Twixt mortal and a star.
 
So light no fairy foots it there,        5
  With moonbeams on the green;
You’d swear her wee feet walk the air,
  The hills and clouds between.
 
Of acorns is her necklace made,
  And reddest berries found;        10
While slender vines, in glossy braid,
  Around her brow are bound.
 
And who is she? Ah, by and by,
  A-coming in her grace,
My airy fair, so light and shy—        15
  They’ll see, they’ll see her face!
 
Ah, by and by, she’ll quit the hills,
  Where mists and eagles are,
This shepherdess of rocks and rills,
  ’Twixt mortal and a star.        20
 
 
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