Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
The Bookstall
By Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
IT stands in a winding street,
  A quiet and restful nook,
Apart from the endless beat
  Of the noisy heart of Trade;
    There’s never a spot more cool        5
    Of a hot midsummer day
    By the brink of a forest pool,
    Or the bank of a crystal brook
    In the maples’ breezy shade,
    Than the bookstall old and gray.        10
Here are precious gems of thought
  That were quarried long ago,
Some in vellum bound, and wrought
  With letters and lines of gold;
    Here are curious rows of “calf,”        15
    And perchance an Elzevir;
    Here are countless “mos” of chaff,
    And a parchment folio,
    Like leaves that are cracked with cold,
    All puckered and brown and sear.        20
In every age and clime
  Live the monarchs of the brain:
And the lords of prose and rhyme,
  Years after the long last sleep
    Has come to the kings of earth        25
    And their names have passed away,
    Rule on through death and birth;
    And the thrones of their domain
    Are found where the shades are deep,
    In the bookstall old and gray.        30

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