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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
 
Pepita
By Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
 
UP in her balcony where
  Vines through the lattices run
Spilling a scent on the air,
  Setting a screen to the sun,
Fair as the morning is fair,        5
    Sweet as a blossom is sweet,
    Dwells in her rosy retreat
            Pepita.
 
Often a glimpse of her face,
  When the wind rustles the vine        10
Parting the leaves for a space,
  Gladdens this window of mine;
Pink in its leafy embrace,—
    Pink as the roseleaf is pink,
    Sweet as a blossom I think        15
            Pepita.
 
I who dwell over the way
  Watch where Pepita is hid
Safe from the glare of the day
  Like an eye under its lid:        20
Over and over I say—
    Name like the song of a bird,
    Melody shut in a word,—
            “Pepita.”
 
Look where the little leaves stir!        25
  Look,—the green curtains are drawn!
There in a blossomy blur
  Breaks a diminutive dawn—
Dawn and the pink face of her,—
    Name like a lisp of the South,        30
    Fit for a rose’s small mouth,—
            Pepita!
 
 
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