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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
 
The Danza
By Arlo Bates (1850–1918)
 
[From Berries of the Brier. 1886.]

IF you never have danced the danza,
  With its wondrous rhythmic swirl,
While close to your bosom panted
  Some dark-eyed Creole girl,
      Of dancing you know naught!        5
      By Inez I was taught.
 
’Tis a dance with strangest pauses;
  It moves as the breezes blow:
Her lips were like pomegranate blossoms,
  While her teeth were white as snow.        10
      Of beauty I knew naught;
      By Inez I was taught.
 
The fountain splashed in the garden
  Where the palm-trees hid the moon;
Who well had danced the danza,        15
  A kiss might crave as boon.
      Of loving I knew naught;
      By Inez I was taught!
 
 
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