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Each day, Newspaper History presents a poem that appeared in an American Newspaper 108 years ago.

The Dreamer

From The Birmingham Age Herald, November 14, 1914. By Theodosia Garrison.

The gypsies passed her little gate—
    She stopped her wheel to see
A brown-faced pair who walked the road
    Free as the wind is free;
And suddenly her tiny room
    A prison seemed to be.

Her shining plates against the walls,
    Her sunlit sanded floor,
The brass-bound wedding chest that held
    Her linen’s snowy store,
The very wheel whose running died—
    Seemed only chains she bore.

She watched the foot-free gypsies pass;
    She never knew or guessed
The wishful dream that drew them close—
    The longing in each breast
To some day know a home like hers
    Wherein their hearts might rest.


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