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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1480. Written at the End of a Book
By Langdon Elwyn Mitchell (“John Philip Varley”)
THIS is the end of the book
  Written by God.
I am the earth he took,
  I am the sod,
The wood and iron which he struck        5
  With his sounding rod.
I am the reed that he blew:
  Once quietly
By the riverside I grew,
  Till one day he        10
Rooted me up and breathed a new
  Delirium in me.
Would he had left me there,
  Where all is still;
To lean on the heavy air,        15
  Silent, at will
To be, and joy, yet not to share,
  The avenging thrill.
I am the reed that he blew,
  Which yet he blows,        20
(For this is his breath too,
  And these, like those,
Are his own words blown unto you,
  —Hearken if you choose!)
This is the end of the book;        25
  And, if you read
Ought that is evil, why, look,
  I but obeyed,
—When deep his voice in my ear shook,
  I blew as he said!        30


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