Poetry of Kansas

Mrs. Hattie Tyng Griswold.

I cast me not down to worship___
    She is human as well as I;
And the same sun lights the valleys
    That kisses the hill-tops high.
No words of wild adulation
    Have I for the pet of fame;
She hath no need of incense
    Such as goeth up to a name.
But something lovelier, dearer,
    Than crowds ever rise and crown,
Calleth on me for telling___
    Calleth the sweet tears down.
I have seen her___the wife and mother___
    Little feet all about her played,
And the babes that slept in the twilight
    Rollicking music made.
I know not why, but it touched me,
    And quickened my pulse's beat___
I had found the poet a woman,
    Tender and true and sweet.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 216

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