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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1120. Her Picture
 
By Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz
 
 
AUTUMN was cold in Plymouth town;
  The wind ran round the shore,
Now softly passing up and down,
    Now wild and fierce and fleet,
      Wavering overhead,        5
    Moaning in the narrow street
      As one beside the dead.
 
The leaves of wrinkled gold and brown
  Fluttered here and there,
  But not quite heedless where;        10
For as in hood and sad-hued gown
  The Rose of Plymouth took the air,
They whirled, and whirled, and fell to rest
      Upon her gentle breast,
Then on the happy earth her foot had pressed.        15
 
Autumn is wild in Plymouth town,
  Barren and bleak and cold,
And still the dead leaves flutter down
  As the years grow old.
And still—forever gravely fair—        20
  Beneath their fitful whirl,
  New England’s sweetest girl,
Rose Standish, takes the air.
 

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