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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
613. Evanescence
 
By Harriet Prescott Spofford
 
 
WHAT ’S the brightness of a brow?
  What ’s a mouth of pearls and corals?
Beauty vanishes like a vapor,
  Preach the men of musty morals!
 
Should the crowd then, ages since,        5
  Have shut their ears to singing Homer,
Because the music fled as soon
  As fleets the violets’ aroma?
 
Ah, for me, I thrill to see
  The bloom a velvet cheek discloses,        10
Made of dust—I well believe it!
  So are lilies, so are roses!
 

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