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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1119. Moth-Song
 
By Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz
 
 
    WHAT dost thou here,
    Thou dusky courtier,
Within the pinky palace of the rose?
  Here is no bed for thee,
  No honeyed spicery,—        5
  But for the golden bee,
  And the gay wind, and me,
    Its sweetness grows.
  Rover, thou dost forget;—
  Seek thou the passion-flower        10
  Bloom of one twilight hour.
    Haste, thou art late!
  Its hidden savors wait.
    For thee is spread
  Its soft, purple coverlet;        15
    Moth, art thou sped?
  —Dim as a ghost he flies
  Thorough the night mysteries.
 

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