Complete Poetical Works

Author: Bret Harte


He starts! Was it a trick? Had angels kind
Touched with compassion some weak woman’s breast?
Such things he’d read of! Faintly to his mind
Came Pocahontas pleading for her guest.
But then, this voice, though soft, was still inclined
To baritone! A squaw in ragged gown
Stood near him, frowning hatred. Was he blind?
Whose eye was this beneath that beetling frown?
The frown was painted, but that wink meant—Brown!


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Chicago: Bret Harte, "VII," Complete Poetical Works in Complete Poetical Works (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed July 20, 2024,

MLA: Harte, Bret. "VII." Complete Poetical Works, in Complete Poetical Works, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 20 Jul. 2024.

Harvard: Harte, B, 'VII' in Complete Poetical Works. cited in 1850, Complete Poetical Works, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 July 2024, from