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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1363. A Song of Riches
 
By Katharine Lee Bates
 
 
WHAT will you give to a barefoot lass,
  Morning with breath like wine?
Wade, bare feet! In my wide morass
  Starry marigolds shine.
 
Alms, sweet Noon, for a barefoot lass,        5
  With her laughing looks aglow!
Run, bare feet! In my fragrant grass
  Golden buttercups blow.
 
Gift, a gift for a barefoot lass,
  O twilight hour of dreams!        10
Rest, bare feet, by my lake of glass,
  Where the mirrored sunset gleams.
 
Homeward the weary merchants pass,
  With the gold bedimmed by care.
Little they wis that the barefoot lass        15
  Is the only millionaire.
 

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