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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Edith M. Thomas. 1854–
 
16. "Frost To-night"
 
APPLE-GREEN west and an orange bar; 
And the crystal eye of a lone, one star... 
And, "Child, take the shears and cut what you will, 
Frost to-night—so clear and dead-still." 
  
Then I sally forth, half sad, half proud,         5
And I come to the velvet, imperial crowd, 
The wine-red, the gold, the crimson, the pied,— 
The dahlias that reign by the garden-side. 
  
The dahlias I might not touch till to-night! 
A gleam of shears in the fading light,  10
And I gathered them all,—the splendid throng, 
And in one great sheaf I bore them along. 
      .      .      .      .      .
In my garden of Life with its all late flowers
 
I heed a Voice in the shrinking hours: 
"Frost to-night—so clear and dead-still"...  15
Half sad, half proud, my arms I fill. 
 
 
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