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


By Emily Warren

COULD you have seen the violets

That blossomed in her eyes,

Could you have kissed that golden hair,

And drunk her baby sighs,—

You would have been her tiring-maid

As joyfully as I;

Content to deck your little queen,

And let the world go by.

Could you have seen those violets

Hide in their graves of snow,

Drawn all that gold along your hand,

While she lay, smiling so,—

O, you would tread this weary earth

As heavily as I;

Content to clasp her little grave,

And let the world go by.

The Overland Monthly. 1870.