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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
A Wingless One
By Herman Scheffauer
WHEN I saw in the vaults of azure and sun,
  Like blooms from their fields astray,
On painted wings that fluttered and spun
  Two golden butterflies play—
Two flames by an airy love made one        5
  In the heart of the day—
Then I longed for a mate and the gift of wings,
  But was doomed on the earth to lie,
Till I cursed the clasp of the marl that clings
  To thwart my lust for the sky,        10
And the mournful hunger of wingless things
  For the visions that die.

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