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    A STORY OF VENGEANCE.   Table of Contents     NEW YEAR'S DAY

Dunbar-Nelson, Alice
Violets and Other Tales

- AT BAY ST. LOUIS.

AT BAY ST. LOUIS.



Soft breezes blow and swiftly show
Through fragrant orange branches
parted,
A maiden fair, with sun-flecked hair,
Caressed by arrows, golden darted.
The vine-clad tree holds forth to me
A promise sweet of purple blooms,
And chirping bird, scarce seen but
heard
Sings dreamily, and sweetly croons
At Bay St. Louis.

The hammock swinging, idly singing,
Lissome nut-brown maid
Swings gaily, freely, to-and-fro;
The curling, green-white waters casting
cool, clear shade,
Rock small, shell boats that go
In circles wide, or tug at anchor's chain,
As though to skim the sea with cargo
vain,
At Bay St. Louis.
raster
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The maid swings slower, slower to-and-fro,
And sunbeams kiss gray, dreamy halfclosed eyes;
Found lover creeping on with foot
steps slow,
Gives gentle kiss, and smiles at sweet
surprise.

The lengthening shadows tell that eve
is nigh,
And fragrant zephyrs cool and calmer
grow,
Yet still the lover lingers, and scarce
breathed sigh,
Bids the swift hours to pause, nor go,
At Bay St. Louis.
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    A STORY OF VENGEANCE.   Table of Contents     NEW YEAR'S DAY