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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1107. As a Bell in a Chime
 
By Robert Underwood Johnson
 
 
    AS a bell in a chime
      Sets its twin-note a-ringing,
    As one poet’s rhyme
      Wakes another to singing,
    So, once she has smiled,        5
    All your thoughts are beguiled,
And flowers and song from your childhood are bringing.
 
    Though moving through sorrow
      As the star through the night,
    She needs not to borrow,        10
      She lavishes, light.
    The path of yon star
    Seemeth dark but afar:
Like hers it is sure, and like hers it is bright.
 
    Each grace is a jewel        15
      Would ransom the town;
    Her speech has no cruel,
      Her praise is renown;
    ’T is in her as though Beauty,
    Resigning to Duty        20
The sceptre, had still kept the purple and crown.
 

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