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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
 
Little People
By Charles de Kay (1848–1935)
 
[From Hesperus, and Other Poems. 1880.]

I STOLE so gently on their dance,
  Their pygmy dance in red sunrise,
I caught the warm and tender glance
  Each gallant gave his dear one’s eyes.
 
Wee ladies clad in fine bat’s-wing        5
  With plumèd lordlings stamp the heel;
Behind them swords and fans they fling
  And foot it blithely down the reel.
 
They sighed and ogled, whispered, kissed
  In meetings of the swaying dance—        10
Then fled not, but were swiftly missed,
  Like love from out a well-known glance.
 
I sprang: the flashing swords were grown
  Mere blossom-stalks from tulips tossed;
The fans that sparkled on the stone        15
  Were turned to sprays of glittering frost.
 
 
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