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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1409. In the Beginning
 
By Harriet Monroe
 
 
WHEN sunshine met the wave,
  Then love was born;
Then Venus rose to save
  A world forlorn.
 
For light a thousand wings        5
  Of joy unfurled,
And bound with golden rings
  The icy world.
 
And color flamed the earth
  With glad desire,        10
Till life sprang to the birth,
  Fire answering fire,
 
And so the world awoke,
  And all was done,
When first the ocean spoke        15
  Unto the sun.
 

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