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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
 
On the Trapping of a Mouse that Lived in a Lady’s Escritoire
By Clarence Clough Buel (1850–1933)
 
POOR mousie! you have learned too late,
  This lady’s scorn of mice—and men,
Who envy yet thy better fate,—
  To hear the music of her pen;
 
To kiss the rug her feet have kissed;        5
  To gambol round her dainty slippers,
And wonder if, in Beauty’s list,
  The foot of Venus could outstrip hers;
 
To draw the splendor of her eyes,
  That flash as they discover you,        10
And picture in their swift surprise
  Your fleeting bliss, and sentence, too;
 
To have her fingers set the snare
  And bait with crumbs have touched her lip,
Inviting to ambrosial fare        15
  And sudden death’s endearing grip:
 
While men may sigh and sigh in vain,
  And suffer torturing Love’s demur,
Without a smile to ease their pain
  Or even leave to die for her.

  1880.
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