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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: IV. Youth
Dollie
Samuel Minturn Peck (1854–1938)
 
SHE sports a witching gown,
With a ruffle up and down
          On the skirt;
She is gentle, she is shy,
But there ’s mischief in her eye,—        5
          She ’s a flirt!
 
She displays a tiny glove,
And a dainty little love
          Of a shoe;
And she wears her hat a-tilt        10
Over bangs that never wilt
          In the dew.
 
’T is rumored chocolate creams
Are the fabrics of her dreams—
          But enough!        15
I know beyond a doubt
That she carries them about
          In her muff.
 
With her dimples and her curls
She exasperates the girls        20
          Past belief:
They hint that she ’s a cat,
And delightful things like that,
          In their grief.
 
It is shocking, I declare!        25
But what does Dollie care
          When the beaux
Come flocking to her feet
Like the bees around a sweet
          Little rose!        30
 
 
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