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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

A Mariposa Lily

By Milicent Washburn Shinn (1858–1940)

SHELL-LIKE lily, flushed with faintest color,

Hid in long grass up the mountain-side,

Where the loud brown torrent’s roar comes duller,

And in simple gladness you abide,—

Am I heartless that your whole of living

Thus I take to please her for one hour?—

Yet I ask of you no greater giving

Than of mine own self, poor wasted flower.