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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1576. Where Helen Comes
 
By John Jerome Rooney
 
 
WHERE Helen comes, as falls the dew,
Where Helen comes Peace cometh too!
From out the golden, western lands,
White lilies blooming in her lands,
A light of beauty in her face,        5
She passeth on with nameless grace.
Before her fly the shades of life—
The darking, wheeling bats of strife—
They flee her very garments’ stir,
And greater fear the soul of her;        10
For hath she not the magic touch—
The sesame of loving much?
Where’er her morning footsteps pass
The daisies sing unto the grass;
Soft whispers full of praises sweet        15
Her evening presence rise to greet,
And it she go through deserts bare
The angels of the heart are there:
They find no spot to weave their spells
So fair as that where Helen dwells!        20
Where Helen comes, as falls the dew,
Where Helen comes Peace cometh too!
 

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