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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
Harlem Mary
By Samuel Woodworth
 
THEY sing of blue-eyed Mary,
  Who gathered flowers to sell,
But there’s a sweeter fairy
  In Harlem’s flowery dell;
Whose violets, pinks, and roses,        5
  Display a richer bloom,
’Twere bliss to gain such posies,
  And taste their rich perfume.
 
The violet’s softest azure
  Is swimming in her eye;        10
The rose’s vermeil treasure
  On either cheek we spy;
The fragrant pink’s carnation,
  Its nectar and perfume,
In sweetest combination        15
  Have dress’d her lips in bloom.
 
And she has learned to cherish
  A never-fading flower;
When pinks and roses perish
  ’Twill still adorn her bower;        20
Its tints will never vary,
  Its fragrance ne’er depart,
’Twill always bloom with Mary,
  ’Tis planted in her heart.
 
 
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