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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
 
Chaucer
By Lucy White Jennison (Owen Innsly) (b. 1850)
 
[From Love Poems and Sonnets. By Owen Innsly. 1882.]

A LIMPID source, a clear and bubbling spring,
  Born in some wooded dell unknown of heat,
  Above whose breast the leafy branches meet
And kiss, and earthward wavering shadows fling;
Upon whose brink the perfumed flower-cups swing        5
  ’Neath the light tread of hurrying insect feet;
  Such, Chaucer, seems the sturdy note and sweet
In thine unfettered song reëchoing.
Hence they who sometimes weary of the play
  Of fountains and the artificial jets        10
Which in gay parks and gardens dance and leap,
Turn back again into that forest-way
  Where thy fresh stream the grass and mosses wets
That slumber on its margin cool and deep.
 
 
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