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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1641. Retort
 
By Paul Laurence Dunbar
 
 
“THOU art a fool,” said my head to my heart,
“Indeed, the greatest of fools thou art,
  To be led astray by the trick of a tress,
By a smiling face or a ribbon smart;”
  And my heart was in sore distress.        5
 
Then Phyllis came by, and her face was fair,
The light gleamed soft on her raven hair;
  And her lips were blooming a rosy red.
Then my heart spoke out with a right bold air:
  “Thou art worse than a fool, O head!”        10
 

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