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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
812. Blue Hills beneath the Haze
 
By Charles Goodrich Whiting
 
 
BLUE hills beneath the haze
That broods o’er distant ways,
Whether ye may not hold
Secrets more dear than gold,—
This is the ever new        5
Puzzle within your blue.
 
Is ’t not a softer sun
Whose smiles yon hills have won?
Is ’t not a sweeter air
That folds the fields so fair?        10
Is ’t not a finer rest
That I so fain would test?
 
The far thing beckons most,
The near becomes the lost.
Not what we have is worth,        15
But that which has no birth
Or breath within the ken
Of transitory men.
 

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