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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Madison Cawein. 1865–1914
 
33. Deserted
 
THE old house leans upon a tree 
  Like some old man upon a staff: 
The night wind in its ancient porch 
  Sounds like a hollow laugh. 
  
The heaven is wrapped in flying clouds,         5
  As grandeur cloaks itself in gray: 
The starlight flitting in and out, 
  Glints like a lanthorn ray. 
  
The dark is full of whispers. Now 
  A fox-hound howls: and through the night,  10
Like some old ghost from out its grave, 
  The moon comes, misty white. 
 
 
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