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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
When Betsy Comes Down-Town
By Louise Morgan Sill
WHEN Betsy comes down-town,
  From her remote suburban lair,
  There seems to blow a brighter air;
  The grimy streets seem debonair
For touching of her gown;        5
  And under muslin frills her feet,
  As tiny and as silvery fleet
  As some gazelle’s, go tapping sweet
When Betsy comes down-town.
When Betsy comes down-town,        10
  The musty volumes mountain-high,
  The shelves where dust and papers lie,
  Seem ill to suit a butterfly
Fresh from the meadow brown—
  But when she goes a lingering light,        15
  Reflection from the vision bright,
  Makes everything divinely right
That seemed askew down-town.

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