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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
 
“As the Crow Files”
By Helen Gray Cone (1859–1934)
 
[From Oberon and Puck: Verses Grave and Gay. 1885.]

BUCCANEER with blackest sails,
  Steering home by compass true,
Now that all the rich West pales
  From its ingot-hue!
 
Would that compass in thy breast        5
  Thou couldst lend, for guiding me
Where my Hope hath made her nest—
  In how far a tree!
 
Swerving not, nor stooping low,
  To that dear, that distant mark        10
Could I undiverted go,
  What were coming dark?
 
—Careless of the twilight ground,
  O’er the wood and o’er the stream
Still he sails, with hollow sound        15
  Strange, as in a dream!
 
 
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