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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
271. A Dream
 
By Elizabeth Clementine Kinney
 
 
’T WAS summer, and the spot a cool retreat—
Where curious eyes came not, nor footstep rude
Disturbed the lovers’ chosen solitude:
Beneath an oak there was a mossy seat,
Where we reclined, while birds above us wooed        5
Their mates in songs voluptuously sweet.
A limpid brook went murmuring by our feet,
And all conspired to urge the tender mood.
Methought I touched the streamlet with a flower,
When from its bosom sprang a fountain clear,        10
Falling again in the translucent shower
Which made more green each blade of grass appear:
“This stream ’s thy heart,” I said; “Love’s touch alone
Can change it to the fount which maketh green my own.”
 

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