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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
Amy Lowell (1874–1925)
BE 1 not angry with me that I bear
    Your colours everywhere,
    All through each crowded street,
        And meet
    The wonder-light in every eye,        5
        As I go by.
Each plodding wayfarer looks up to gaze,
    Blinded by rainbow haze,
    The stuff of happiness,
        No less,        10
    Which wraps me in its glad-hued folds
        Of peacock golds.
Before my feet the dusty, rough-paved way
    Flushes beneath its gray.
    My steps fall ringed with light,        15
        So bright,
    It seems a myriad suns are strown
        About the town.
Around me is the sound of steepled bells,
    And rich perfuméd smells        20
    Hang like a wind-forgotten cloud,
        And shroud
    Me from close contact with the world.
        I dwell impearled.
You blazen me with jewelled insignia.        25
    A flaming nebula
    Rims in my life. And yet
        You set
    The word upon me, unconfessed
        To go unguessed.        30
Note 1. Reprinted by permission of the publishers, from Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, by Amy Lowell. Copyright, 1914, by The Macmillan Company. [back]


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