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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
By Grace Hibbard
          “If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths.”—The Koran.

O DAFFODILS, bright daffodils,
  I’d sell my other loaf for thee.
Thou art so sweet, I love thee so,
  That thou art soul-bread unto me.
I’ve placed thee in a crystal vase,        5
  As clear as crystal vase can be;
Hold high thy pretty yellow heads,
  While I a story tell to thee.
Once up each side a garden path
  Two lines of daffodils did stray,        10
Two golden chains of memory,
  That link my childhood with to-day.
Up to an old colonial house,
  From gate to doorsill, side by side,
Were daffodils in yellow gowns,        15
  Gay daffodils—New England’s pride.
A little girl stood in the door,
  Her heart was filled with love for thee,
First garden flowers of the spring,
  O daffodils, that girl was me.        20

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