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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1433. In Louisiana
 
By Albert Bigelow Paine
 
 
THE LONG, gray moss that softly swings
    In solemn grandeur from the trees,
    Like mournful funeral draperies,—
A brown-winged bird that never sings.
 
A shallow, stagnant, inland sea,        5
    Where rank swamp grasses wave, and where
    A deadliness lurks in the air,—
A sere leaf falling silently.
 
The death-like calm on every hand,
    That one might deem it sin to break,        10
    So pure, so perfect,—these things make
The mournful beauty of this land.
 

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