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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1056. Conceits
 
By Arlo Bates
 
 
I
KITTY’S LAUGH

THY laugh’s a song an oriole trilled,
  Romping in glee the sky,—
Sunshine in lucent drops distilled,
  And showered from on high.
 
So perfect in his song thou art,        5
  That when thy laughter rings
I long to clasp thee to my heart,
  Lest, too, thou have his wings!
 
II
KITTY’S “NO”

Kit, the recording angel wrote
  That cruel “no” you said,        10
And smiled to think how in your throat
  You choked a “yes” instead;
 
Then sighed in envy of the look
  That promised me your grace;
And on the margin of his book        15
  Limned in excuse your face.
 

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