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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1459. Solitude
By Frederick Peterson
IT is the bittern’s solemn cry
  Far out upon the lonely moors,
Where steel-gray pools reflect the sky,
  And mists arise in dim contours.
Save this, no murmur on their verge        5
  Doth stir the stillness of the reeds;
Silent the water-snakes emerge
  From writhing depths of water-weeds.
Through sedge or gorse of that morass
  There shines no light of moon or star;        10
Only the fen-fires gleam and pass
  Along the low horizon bar.
It is the bittern’s solemn cry,
  AS if it voiced, with mournful stress
The strange hereditary sigh        15
  Of age on age of loneliness.


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