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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Edgar Lee Masters. 1869–
 
41. Lucinda Matlock
 
I WENT to the dances at Chandlerville, 
And played snap-out at Winchester. 
One time we changed partners, 
Driving home in the moonlight of middle June, 
And then I found Davis.         5
We were married and lived together for seventy years, 
Enjoying, working, raising the twelve children, 
Eight of whom we lost 
Ere I had reached the age of sixty. 
I spun, I wove, I kept the house, I nursed the sick,  10
I made the garden, and for holiday 
Rambled over the fields where sang the larks, 
And by Spoon River gathering many a shell, 
And many a flower and medicinal weed— 
Shouting to the wooded hills, singing to the green valleys.  15
At ninety-six I had lived enough, that is all, 
And passed to a sweet repose. 
What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, 
Anger, discontent and drooping hopes? 
Degenerate sons and daughters,  20
Life is too strong for you— 
It takes life to love Life. 
 
 
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