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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1422. The Wild Ride
 
By Louise Imogen Guiney
 
 
I HEAR in my heart, I hear in its ominous pulses,
All day, on the road, the hoofs of invisible horses;
All night, from their stalls, the importunate tramping and neighing.
 
Let cowards and laggards fall back! but alert to the saddle,
Straight, grim, and abreast, go the weatherworn, galloping legion,        5
With a stirrup-cup each to the lily of women that loves him.
 
The trail is through dolor and dread, over crags and morasses;
There are shapes by the way, there are things that appeal or entice us:
What odds? We are knights, and our souls are but bent on the riding.
 
I hear in my heart, I hear in its ominous pulses,        10
All day, on the road, the hoofs of invisible horses;
All night, from their stalls, the importunate tramping and neighing.
 
We spur to a land of no name, out-racing the storm-wind;
We leap to the infinite dark, like the sparks from the anvil.
Thou leadest, O God! All ’s well with Thy troopers that follow.        15
 

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