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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
 
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By Stephen Decatur Smith, Jr. (b. 1861)
 
[Born in Philadelphia, Penn., 1861.]

HER eyes looked out across this world of ours—
Seen through her lashes as a silken veil—
Wondering that striving mortals e’er could fail,
Startled to see the earth bear aught but flowers.
 
And all her senses seemed to watch and wait        5
For something that would touch and stir them all,
And something, lifeless yet, to being call;
She wished it come, yet, timid, feared her fate.
 
And ere she knew the name of Love, one day
(All flushed her cheek, and tear-bedewed her eyes,)        10
He kissed her lips. With tender, sweet surprise
The woman lived—the child had passed away.

  Hallo, My Fancy! 1887.
 
 
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