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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
722. Shadow-Evidence
 
By Mary Mapes Dodge
 
 
SWIFT o’er the sunny grass,
    I saw a shadow pass
    With subtle charm,—
So quick, so full of life,
With thrilling joy so rife,        5
I started lest, unknown,
My step—ere it was flown—
    Had done it harm.
 
Why look up to the blue?
The bird was gone, I knew,        10
    Far out of sight.
Steady and keen of wing,
The slight, impassioned thing,
Intent on a goal unknown,
Had held its course alone        15
    In silent flight.
 
Dear little bird, and fleet,
Flinging down at my feet
    Shadow for song:
More sure am I of thee—        20
Unseen, unheard by me—
Than of some things felt and known,
And guarded as my own,
    All my life long.
 

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