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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
A Violet in her Hair
Charles Swain (1801–1874)
 
A VIOLET in her lovely hair,
A rose upon her bosom fair!
    But O, her eyes
A lovelier violet disclose,
And her ripe lips the sweetest rose        5
    That ’s ’neath the skies.
 
A lute beneath her graceful hand
Breathes music forth at her command;
    But still her tongue
Far richer music calls to birth        10
Than all the minstrel power on earth
    Can give to song.
 
And thus she moves in tender light,
The purest ray, where all is bright,
    Serene, and sweet;        15
And sheds a graceful influence round,
That hallows e’en the very ground
    Beneath her feet!
 
 
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