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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: IV. Youth
A Knot of Blue
Samuel Minturn Peck (1854–1938)
For the Boys of Yale

SHE hath no gems of lustre bright
  To sparkle in her hair;
No need hath she of borrowed light
  To make her beauty fair.
Upon her shining locks afloat        5
  Are daisies wet with dew,
And peeping from her lissome throat
  A little knot of blue.
A dainty knot of blue,
  A ribbon blithe of hue.        10
It fills my dreams with sunny gleams,—
  That little knot of blue.
I met her down the shadowed lane,
  Beneath the apple-tree,
The balmy blossoms fell like rain        15
  Upon my love and me:
And what I said or what I did
  That morn I never knew,
But to my breast there came and hid
  A little knot of blue.        20
A little knot of blue,
  A love knot strong and true,
’T will hold my heart till life shall part,—
  That little knot of blue.

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