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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

Rare Moments

By Charles Henry Phelps (1853–1933)

EACH of us is like Balboa: once in all our lives do we,

Gazing from some tropic summit, look upon an unknown sea;

But upon the dreary morrow, every way our footsteps seek,

Rank and tangled vine and jungle block our pathway to the peak.