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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: IV. Thought: Poetry: Books
The Book-Stall
Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
 
IT stands in a winding street,
  A quiet and restful nook,
Apart from the endless beat
  Of the noisy heart of Trade;
  There ’s never a spot more cool        5
  Of a hot midsummer day
  By the brink of a forest pool,
  Or the bank of a crystal brook
  In the maples’ breezy shade,
  Than the book-stall old and gray.        10
 
Here are precious gems of thought
  That were quarried long ago,
Some in vellum bound, and wrought
  With letters and lines of gold;
  Here are curious rows of “calf,”        15
  And perchance an Elzevir;
  Here are countless “mos” of chaff,
  And a parchment folio,
  Like leaves that are cracked with cold,
  All puckered and brown and sear.        20
 
In every age and clime
  Live the monarchs of the brain:
And the lords of prose and rhyme,
  Years after the long last sleep
  Has come to the kings of earth        25
  And their names have passed away,
  Rule on through death and birth;
  And the thrones of their domain
  Are found where the shades are deep
  In the book-stall old and gray.        30
 
 
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