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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
VIII. Avon’s Harvest, Etc.
11. Caput Mortuum
  
NOT even if with a wizard force I might
Have summoned whomsoever I would name,
Should anyone else have come than he who came,
Uncalled, to share with me my fire that night;
For though I should have said that all was right,        5
Or right enough, nothing had been the same
As when I found him there before the flame,
Always a welcome and a useful sight.
 
Unfailing and exuberant all the time,
Having no gold he paid with golden rhyme,       10
Of older coinage than his old defeat,
A debt that like himself was obsolete
In Art’s long hazard, where no man may choose
Whether he play to win or toil to lose.

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