Violet by George H. Walser

A sample of George H. Walser’s poetry. “Violet” is from The Bouquet, also published in 1897.

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A LITTLE BOOK OF MISSOURI VERSE
Collected and Edited by J. S. Snoody
Press of Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Co.
Kansas City, MO
1897

VIOLET

When Morning stole across the distant plain
To wreathe the peeping blooms with aerial
dye,
The first and foremost of the gaudy train
That made her welcome was the azure eye
Of Violet, whose modest blushes said:
“Come bless me, Morning, in my little bed.”

When Morning stoop’d to pay the want’d due,
She drop’d, from her heart, a jewel rich and
rare—
A jewel wrap’d in rays of golden hue:

And Morning said, “Fair one, this jewel
wear;
‘Twill ever be your truest, best defense;
It is Modesty rob’d in Innocence.”

George H. Walser.

GEORGE H. WALSER was born in Dearborn County, Illinois, May 26,1834. He practiced law at Middleport, Illinois, from 1857 to 1863. Since 1863 he has lived in Missouri. He founded the town of Liberal, Missouri, in 1880. Mr. Walser has published two volumes of verse, Poems of Leisure, 1891, and The Bouquet, 1897.

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