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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1679. The Deathless
 
By Ednah Proctor (Clarke) Hayes
 
 
WHAT charlatans in this later day
  Beat at the gates of Art!
Each with his trick of speech or brush,—
  Forgetting, that apart
 
From all the brawling of an age,        5
  Its feverish fantasy,
She waits, who only unto Time
  The soul of Art sets free!
 
God’s handmaid Beauty,—whose touch rounds
  A dewdrop or a world,—        10
God-sprung when first through Chaos’ night
  The morning wings unfurled;
 
Beauty,—who still the secret gives
  Whispered the ages through,—
Recurrent as the flush of dawn,        15
  Essential as the dew.
 
O babblers of some surer guide!—
  Knowledge goes changing by;
Caprice may bloom its little hour,
  And creeds are born and die;        20
 
Still Melos on her worshippers
  Looks with calm-lidded eyes;
Still Helen, though Troy sleeps in dust,
  Smiles through the centuries;
 
Still she who gleaned on Judah’s plain        25
  Love in her sheaves doth bind;
Still, down the glades of Arden, dance
  The feet of Rosalind.
 

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