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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
The Little Fruit-Shop
By Florence Wilkinson Evans
 
THE LITTLE Broadway fruit-shop bursts and glows
Like a stained-glass window rioting through the gloom
Of a grim façade; a garden over seas;
A Syracusan idyl; a lilt that flows
In chords of dusk-red colour; emerald bloom        5
Loved by the nightingale, voice of the voiceless trees;
Ripe orchards mellow with innumerable bees.
 
A dark Greek boy counts up with supple hands
Lucent rotundities, the Bacchic grape
In luscious pyramids, pears like a lute        10
Most musically carved, nuts from sweet lands
Demeter lost; oh, many a sculptured shape;—
Had he his panther-skin, the thyrsus and the flute,—
Lo, a swart faun-god mid his votive fruit.
 
 
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