Poetry of Kansas
 

Sixteen.

BUT just in life's enchanted morning,
Fairest of all the town's adorning;
 
Her smile is like the radiant spring
when Nature's sweets are blossoming;
 
Dancing from April into May,
Ideal of their brightest day;
 
Untouched of any darker power,
Ideal of their fairest flower;
 
The heart, the voice responsive chimes
The music of the poet's rhymes;
 
In cloudless eyes the crescent sign
Of soul to sparkle as the wine;
 
Expectant at the rosiest gate
Of all that for her footsteps wait,
 
The matchless tableau of the bud
Flowering to fairest womanhood!
 
O sunshine, wrap her with your gold,
That youth be won ere she be old]
 
0 hearts anear, instill secure
The precious wisdom of the pure!
 
That life from loftiest eminence
Flame heavenward in sweet incense.

__A. A. B. Cavaness.

 

Poems by Two Brothers
A. A. B. Cavaness & J. M. Cavaness
(Chetopa: J. M. Cavaness and Son. 1896)
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