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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
 
The Skater
By Orth Harper Stein (1862–1901)
 
[Born in Lafayette, Ind., 1862. Died in New Orleans, La., 1901.]

BENEATH her skates the curved steel bars
Seemed like two naked scimitars
That gleam about the sandals in
The sword-dance of the Bedouin.
  And all around her flying feet        5
The ice mist flew unceasingly:
  As free she was and full as fleet
As sea-gulls skimming o’er the sea.
  It was the sea in different guise.
Like Mercury she wore her wings,        10
  And deep within her fearless eyes
There lived the soul of flying things.
 
 
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