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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
 
Memory
By Charles Henry Lüders (1858–1891)
 
OUT of my door-yard maple
  A gilded leaflet fell,
Twinkling down on a sunbeam,
  Like music from a bell.
 
Nor hand nor foot disturbed it,        5
  And frolicsome gusts of air
Whirling the wayside atoms
  Danced on, and left it there.
 
Slowly away it wasted
  Till only a film remained—        10
A skeleton leaf, a shadow,
  Lost wholly when it rained.
 
Yet lo, on the stained footway,
  Etched where the gold had lain,
A delicate shape—a spirit—        15
  Tarried in wind and rain.
 
 
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