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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
From “Sospiri Di Roma.” II. Red Poppies
 
William Sharp (1855–1905)
 
 
In the Sabine Valleys near Rome
 
 
THROUGH the seeding grass,
And the tall corn,
The wind goes:
With nimble feet,
And blithe voice,        5
Calling, calling,
The wind goes
Through the seeding grass,
And the tall corn.
 
What calleth the wind,        10
Passing by—
The shepherd-wind?
Far and near
He laugheth low,
And the red poppies        15
Lift their heads
And toss i’ the sun.
A thousand thousand blooms
Tossed i’ the air,
Banners of joy,        20
For ’t is the shepherd-wind
Passing by,
Singing and laughing low
Through the seeding grass
And the tall corn.        25
 

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