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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
To a Violet
By Eric Mackay Yeoman (1885–1909)
O VIOLET! when I look on thy face,
  And on the lofty loveliness that lies
In the high sweetness of thy fragile grace
  And in the pale blue beauty of thy guise,
Briefly I mark thy charm and darling worth,        5
  Thy shape and painting all so delicate;
And straightway new thoughts lead me from the earth,
  And new-known wisdom holds me separate.
I look upon thy beauty’s mystery,
And judge thee fair,—and think no more of thee:        10
  For, as I hold thee in my caring hand,
  New things of heaven and earth I understand.

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