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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1667. A Changeling Grateful
 
By Josephine Preston Peabody
 
 
HERE they give me greeting,
House me warm within,
Break their bread and share it
With the heart of kin.
 
Here the ruddy hearth-light        5
Singes not a moth,
Gives a summer welcome
As a red rose doth.
 
I would leave a gift here
If I might: not I!—        10
Like a homeless laughter,
Vagrant wind gone by.
 
But while I am a glow-worm
I will shine and stay:
When I am a shadow…        15
I will creep away.
 

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