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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

Easter Bridal Song

By Alice Cary (1820–1871)

[From The Poetical Works of Alice and Phœbe Cary. 1876.]

HASTE, little fingers, haste, haste!

Haste, little fingers pearly;

And all along the slender waist,

And up and down the silken sleeves,

Knot the darling and dainty leaves,

And wind o’ the south, blow light and fast,

And bring the flowers so early!

Low, droop low, my tender eyes,

Low, and all demurely,

And make the shining seams to run

Like little streaks o’ th’ morning sun

Through silver clouds so purely;

And fall, sweet rain, fall out o’ the skies,

And bring the flowers so early!

Push, little hands, from the bended face,

The tresses crumpled curly,

And stitch the hem in the frill of snow

And give to the veil its misty flow,

And melt, ye frosts, so surly;

And shine out, spring, with your days of grace,

And bring the flowers so early!