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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
On a Child’s Portrait
By Arthur Stringer (1874–1950)
 
DEEP in the fluted hollow of its shells
Dimly some echo of the ocean dwells.
 
Still in September’s fruitage, mellow-cored,
The filtered sweets of golden noons are stored.
 
And shimmering on a blue-bird’s migrant wings        5
Some poignant touch of June’s lost azure clings.
 
Still in the rustling sheaf to-day there gleams
The lingering gold of April’s vanished dreams.
 
Still in the cell of one autumnal bee
I find lost summer in epitome.        10
 
And all that better life that I would lead,
Writ small in this, one childish face, I read.
 
 
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