Augustin S. Macdonald, comp. A Collection of Verse by California Poets. 1914.

By Charles Warren Stoddard


A MAID is seated by a brook,

The sweetest of sweet creatures;

I pass that way with my good book,

But cannot read, nor cease to look

Upon her winsome features.

Amongst the blushes on her cheek

Her small white hand reposes,

I am a shepherd, for I seek

That willful lamb, with fleece so sleek,

Feeding among the roses.