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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

The Divan

By Richard Henry Stoddard (1825–1903)

[From Poems. Complete Edition. 1880.]

A LITTLE maid of Astrakan,

An idol on a silk divan;

She sits so still, and never speaks,

She holds a cup of mine;

’Tis full of wine, and on her cheeks

Are stains and smears of wine.

Thou little girl of Astrakan,

I join thee on the silk divan:

There is no need to seek the land,

The rich bazaars where rubies shine;

For mines are in that little hand,

And on those little cheeks of thine.