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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. V: Literature of the Republic, Part II., 1821–1834
 
The May Sun Sheds an Amber Light
By William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
 
[From Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant. Edited by Parke Godwin. 1883.]

THE MAY sun sheds an amber light
  On new-leaved woods and lawns between;
But she who, with a smile more bright,
  Welcomed and watched the springing green,
                    Is in her grave,        5
                    Low in her grave.
 
The fair white blossoms of the wood
  In groups beside the pathway stand;
But one, the gentle and the good,
  Who cropped them with a fairer hand,        10
                    Is in her grave,
                    Low in her grave.
 
Upon the woodland’s morning airs
  The small bird’s mingled notes are flung;
But she, whose voice, more sweet than theirs,        15
  Once bade me listen while they sung,
                    Is in her grave,
                    Low in her grave.
 
That music of the early year
  Brings tears of anguish to my eyes;        20
My heart aches when the flowers appear;
  For then I think of her who lies
                    Within her grave,
                    Low in her grave.

  1849.
 
 
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