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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1556. Comradery
 
By Madison Cawein
 
 
WITH eyes hand-arched he looks into
The morning’s face, then turns away
With schoolboy feet, all wet with dew,
Out for a holiday.
 
The hill brook sings, incessant stars,        5
Foam-fashioned, on its restless breast;
And where he wades its water-bars
Its song is happiest.
 
A comrade of the chinquapin,
He looks into its knotted eyes        10
And sees its heart; and, deep within,
Its soul that makes him wise.
 
The wood-thrush knows and follows him,
Who whistles up the birds and bees;
And round him all the perfumes swim        15
Of woodland loam and trees.
 
Where’er he pass, the supple springs’
Foam-people sing the flowers awake;
And sappy lips of bark-clad things
Laugh ripe each fruited brake.        20
 
His touch is a companionship;
His word, an old authority:
He comes, a lyric at his lip,
Unstudied Poesy.
 

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