After the Ball: And Other Poems Nora Perry

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:NORTH AND SOUTH. FORT ADAMS. I. 1860. She leaped up, laughing, allMorePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:NORTH AND SOUTH.

FORT ADAMS. I. —1860. She leaped up, laughing, all alone Upon the ramparts sodden stone, And, laughing, hid behind the mouth Of the great cannon, facing south. Ah ! will he find me here ? she said, Then hushed her laugh and shook her head. Nay, will he miss me from the rest, And, missing, care to come in quest ? But dancing eyes deride the doubt, The deprecating lips breathe out, And waiting, waiting all alone, Upon the ramparts sodden stone, She looks across the cannons mouth, The silent cannon facing south - Across the great ships riding down In stately silence to the town- Acros.s the sea just where the mist Melts all the blue to amethyst, From whence the wind oer all the sails Blew soft that day its southern gales.

But white-sailed ships that rode the sea, Nor dusky cannons mouth saw she, With those young eyes whose wistful gaze Went dreaming thwart the purple- haze - Instead, beyond the white-sailed ships, Beyond the cannons dusky lips, Beyond the sea just where the mist Melts all the blue to amethyst, The tall palmettoes darkly-rise : Before her dream-enchanted eyes, .

.. And waiting, waiting all alone Upon the ramparts sodden stone, In dreams she stands beneath the shade Of Southern palrns, — this little maid, Whose morning face and tender eyes Took all their hue from Northern skies. And standing thus enchanted there, Within her castle of the air, The rippling tide, that sinks and swells, Comes to her ear like wedding bells - And through hercastles airy halls, From room to room a low voice calls, And calling, calling, near, so near, That half in dream and half in fear She turns, and swift her vision flies Before the vision of her eyes- For some one sc...



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