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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
The Comet
By Charles Warren Stoddard
  WAS it a star,
      Or was it a pearl,
Loosed with a jar
      From its setting
  I’ the coronet moon,        5
      And begetting,
    As it fell with a whirl—
  Whirling far—
A splendor that faded too soon?
      Was it a dream        10
          Of some splendid star born,
    That glowed with a gleam
          And a quiver
      That startled the night?
          Like a river        15
        That flowed to the moon
      It did seem,
    In its luminous, lustrous light.
          Was it a gem
              Transfixed with a ray        20
        From the burning, bright hem
              Of the wondrous,
          Terrible sun, or the moon?
              Over us, under us,
            Nor night, no, nor day        25
          Hath its equal, bright gem,
        Fair feather of light, flown too soon.

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