Excerpt from St. Nicholas, Vol. 20: An Illustrated Magazine for Young Folks; Part I., November, 1892, to April, 1893 N these green banks, where falls too soon The Shade of Autumn's afternoon, The south wind blowing soft and sweet, The water gliding at my feet, The distant northern range uplit By the slant sunshine over it, With Changes of the mountain mist From tender blush to amethyst, The valley's stretch of shade and gleam Fair as in Mirza's Bagdad dream, With glad young faces smiling near And merry voices in my ear, I sit, methinks, as Hafiz might In Iran's Garden of Delight. For Persian roses blushing red, Aster and gentian bloom instead; For Shiraz wine, this mountain air; For feast, the blueberries which I Share With one who proffers with stained hands Her gleanings from yon pasture lands, Wild fruit that art and culture spoil.
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