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The Lily Bed

By Crawford, Isabella Valancy

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Book Id: WPLBN0000247671
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: The Lily Bed  
Author: Crawford, Isabella Valancy
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: HIS cedar paddle, scented, red, // He thrust down through the lily bed; // Cloaked in a golden pause he lay, // Locked in the arms of the placid bay. // Trembled alone his bark canoe // As shocks of bursting lilies flew // Thro' the still crystal of the tide, // And smote the frail boat's birchen side; // Or, when beside the sedges thin // Rose the sharp silver of a fin; // Or when, a wizard swift and cold, // A dragon-fly beat on in gold // And jewels all the widening rings // Of waters singing to his wings; // Or, like a winged and burning soul, // Dropped from the gloom an oriole // On the cool wave, as to the balm // Of the Great Spirit's open palm // The freed soul flies. And silence clung // To the still hours, as tendrilts hung, // In darkness carven, from the trees, // Sedge-buried to their burly knees. // Stillness sat in his lodge of leaves; // Clung golden shadows to its eaves, // And on its cone-speced floor, like maize, // Red-ripe, fell sheaves of knotted rays. // The wood, a proud and crested brave; // Bead-bright, a maiden, stood the wave. // And he had spoke his soul of love // With voice of eagle and of dove. // Of loud, strong pines his tongue was made; // His lips, soft blossoms in the shade, // That kissed her silver lips-hers cool // As lilies on his inmost pool- // Till now he stood, in triumph's rest, // His image painted in her breast. // One isle 'tween blue and blue did melt...


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