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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
940. Changelings
 
By Mary Thacher Higginson
 
 
    THE GHOSTS of flowers went sailing
    Through the dreamy autumn air,—
The gossamer wings of the milkweed brown,
And the sheeny silk of the thistle-down;
    But there was no bewailing,        5
    And never a hint of despair.
 
    From the mountain-ash was swinging
    A gray, deserted nest;
Scarlet berries where eggs had been;
Softly the flower-wraiths floated in:        10
    And the brook and breeze were singing
    When the sun sank down in the west.
 

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