Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
III. Love’s Beginnings
An Opal
Ednah Proctor Clarke Hayes
A ROSE of fire shut in a veil of snow,
  An April gleam athwart a misted sky:
A jewel—a soul! gaze deep if thou wouldst know
  The flame-wrought spell of its pale witchery;
And now each tremulous beauty lies revealed,        5
And now the drifted snow doth beauty shield.
So my shy love, aneath her kerchief white,
  Holdeth the glamour of the East in fee;
Warm Puritan—who fears her own delight,
  Who trembleth over that she yieldeth me.        10
And now her lips her heart’s rich flame have told;
And now they pale that they have been so bold.

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