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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
Christmas in California (excerpt)
By Edward Rowland Sill
CAN this be Christmas—sweet as May,
  With drowsy sun, and dreamy air,
And new grass pointing out the way
  For flowers to follow, everywhere?
Has time grown sleepy at his post,        5
  And let the exiled Summer back,
Or is it her regretful ghost,
  Or witchcraft of the almanac?
.      .      .      .      .      .
Before me, on the wide, warm bay,
  A million azure ripples run;        10
Round me the sprouting palm-shoots lay
  Their shining lances to the sun.
With glossy leaves that poise or swing,
  The callas their white cups unfold,
And faintest chimes of odor ring        15
  From silver bells with tongues of gold.
A languor of deliciousness
  Fills all the sea-enchanted clime;
And in the blue heavens meet, and kiss,
  The loitering clouds of summer-time.        20

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