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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

Wild Coreopsis

By Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)

A SEA of blossoms, golden as the glow

Of morning sunlight on a wind-rocked bay,

Beneath the breeze of this rare autumn day

Heaves in soft undulation to and fro;

Like incense, floating o’er the marsh below,

Come fragrant odors of the late-mown hay;

Beyond, in harmony of green and gray,

The tapering tamaracks tower in stately row.

And wading through the shimmering waves, with song

Upon his lips, a fair-haired youth I see,

Who swinges off the saffron blossom-bells:

Back roll the years,—a melancholy throng,—

And I behold, in sea-girt Sicily,

Theocritus amid the asphodels!