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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


By Charles Henry Lüders (1858–1891)

OUT of my door-yard maple

A gilded leaflet fell,

Twinkling down on a sunbeam,

Like music from a bell.

Nor hand nor foot disturbed it,

And frolicsome gusts of air

Whirling the wayside atoms

Danced on, and left it there.

Slowly away it wasted

Till only a film remained—

A skeleton leaf, a shadow,

Lost wholly when it rained.

Yet lo, on the stained footway,

Etched where the gold had lain,

A delicate shape—a spirit—

Tarried in wind and rain.