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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
On Some Buttercups
Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
 
A LITTLE way below her chin,
  Caught in her bosom’s snowy hem,
Some buttercups are fastened in,—
  Ah, how I envy them!
They do not miss their meadow place,        5
  Nor are they conscious that their skies
Are not the heavens, but her face,
  Her hair, and mild blue eyes.
 
There, in the downy meshes pinned,
  Such sweet illusions haunt their rest;        10
They think her breath the fragrant wind,
  And tremble on her breast;
As if, close to her heart, they heard
  A captive secret slip its cell,
And with desire were sudden stirred        15
  To find a voice and tell!
 
 
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