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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1111. The Blossom of the Soul
 
By Robert Underwood Johnson
 
 
THOU half-unfolded flower
  With fragrance-laden heart,
What is the secret power
  That doth thy petals part?
What gave thee most thy hue—        5
The sunshine or the dew?
 
Thou wonder-wakened soul!
  As Dawn doth steal on Night,
On thee soft Love hath stole.
  Thine eye, that blooms with light,        10
What makes its charm so new—
Its sunshine, or its dew?
 

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