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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
91. Souls
 
By Fannie Stearns Davis
 
 
MY soul goes clad in gorgeous things,
  Scarlet and gold and blue.
And at her shoulder sudden wings
  Like long flames flicker through.
 
And she is swallow-fleet, and free        5
  From mortal bonds and bars.
She laughs, because eternity
  Blossoms for her with stars!
 
O folk who scorn my stiff gray gown,
  My dull and foolish face,        10
Can ye not see my soul flash down,
  A singing flame through space?
 
And folk, whose earth-stained looks I hate,
  Why may I not divine
Your souls, that must be passionate,        15
  Shining and swift, as mine?
 

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