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For works with similar titles, see The Halo.

"Think what a price to pay,
Faces so bright and gay,
Just for a hat!

Flowers unvisited, mornings unsung,
Sea-ranges bare of the wings that o'erswung
Bared just for that!

"Think of the others, too,
Others and mothers, too,
Bright-Eyes in hat!

Hear you no mother-groan floating in air,
Hear you no little moan birdling's despair
Somewhere, for that?

"Caught 'mid some mother-work,
Torn by a hunter Turk,
Just for your hat!

Plenty of Mother-heart yet in the world !
All the more wings to tear, carefully twirled
Women want that!

"Oh, but the shame of it,
Oh, but the blame of it.
Price of a hat!

Just for a jauntiness brightening the street!
This is your halo, O faces so sweet
Death ; and for that!"


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1923, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.