Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MERCHANTS, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY

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First Line: I am the frost
Last Line: Happy the few who will buy of the rain.
Subject(s): Children; Games; Merchants; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements

I AM the Frost.
I'll show you diamonds, laces and tapestries
Of all variety at lowest cost;
Weavings of chaste design
Perfect in every line;
Connoisseurs surely will buy of the Frost.

I am the Dew.
Notice my elegant bracelets and necklaces,
All of rare quality; pearls not a few;
Emerald and amethyst;
Opal all rainbow kissed;
Ladies rise early to buy of the Dew.

I am the Snow.
Let me display for you carpets most exquisite.
Choicest of bordering also I show,
Heavy and soft and white,
Spread in a single night;
Folk who have wisdom will buy of the Snow.

I am the Rain.
Something I'll show you priceless and wonderful,
Making these offers seem tawdry and vain!
'Tis but a cloak of grey—
Wrapping the world away—
Happy the few who will buy of the Rain.

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