frank dempster


Original Daisies by Kathie McMillan
Via Flickr:
I have uploaded several illustrations of this poem, and believe I have finally found its source here! This illustration by Maude Cowles. “Little Folk Lyrics” by Frank Dempster Sherman with illustrations by the Cowles ladies. Copyright 1892, 1897 by Mr. Sherman, and 1897 by Houghton, Mifflin and Co.


by Frank Dempster Sherman

Out of the purple drifts,     
From the shadow sea of night, 
On tides of musk a moth uplifts     
Its weary wings of white. 
Is it a dream or ghost     
Of a dream that comes to me, 
Here in the twilight on the coast,     
Blue cinctured by the sea? 
Fashioned of foam and froth–     
And the dream is ended soon, 
And lo, whence came the moon-white moth     
Comes now the moth-white moon!