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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Poverty
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
 
ONCE I beheld thee, a lithe mountain maid,
  Embrowned by wholesome toils in lusty air;
Whose clear blood, nurtured by strong primitive cheer,
Through Amazonian veins flowed unafraid.
Broad-breasted, pearly-teethed, thy pure breath strayed,        5
  Sweet as deep-uddered kine’s curled in the rare
    Bright spaces of thy lofty atmosphere,
O’er some rude cottage in a fir-grown glade.
Now, of each brave ideal virtue stripped,
  O Poverty! I behold thee as thou art,—        10
    A ruthless hag, the image of woeful dearth,
  Of brute despair, gnawing its own starved heart.
Thou ravening wretch! fierce-eyed and monster-lipped,
    Why scourge forevermore God’s beauteous earth?
 
 
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