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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 Skater

By Orth Harper Stein (1862–1901)

[Born in Lafayette, Ind., 1862. Died in New Orleans, La., 1901.]

BENEATH her skates the curved steel bars

Seemed like two naked scimitars

That gleam about the sandals in

The sword-dance of the Bedouin.

And all around her flying feet

The ice mist flew unceasingly:

As free she was and full as fleet

As sea-gulls skimming o’er the sea.

It was the sea in different guise.

Like Mercury she wore her wings,

And deep within her fearless eyes

There lived the soul of flying things.