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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
 
A Flute
By Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)
 
[From Lyrics and Sonnets. 1887.]

“HOW shall I liken thee, reed of my choice,
Spirit-like, fugitive, wavering voice?”
 
“I am an oread lost to the hills,
Sick for the mountain wind tossing my rills;
Sighing from memory snatches of song        5
Pine-trees have sung to me all the night long;
Shrouded they sang to me, mingling my dreams;
Down through their tapestries planets shot gleams.
Eagles on cliffs between heaven and me
Looked from their watch-towers, far on the sea.”        10
 
“How wast thou taken, sweet,—lost to the hills,
Footprints of thine no more seen by the rills?”
 
“Quickly I answer thee: Sorrow came by,
Made me her foster-child, loving my cry!”
 
 
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