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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
Her Likeness
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
 
A GIRL, who has so many wilful ways
  She would have caused Job’s patience to forsake him;
Yet is so rich in all that ’s girlhood’s praise,
Did Job himself upon her goodness gaze,
  A little better she would surely make him.        5
 
Yet is this girl I sing in naught uncommon,
  And very far from angel yet, I trow.
Her faults, her sweetness, are purely human;
Yet she ’s more lovable as simple woman
  Than any one diviner that I know.        10
 
Therefore I wish that she may safely keep
  This womanhede, and change not, only grow:
From maid to matron, youth to age, may creep,
And in perennial blessedness, still reap
  On every hand of that which she doth sow.        15
 
 
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