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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
262. Envoi
 
By John G. Neihardt
 
 
OH, seek me not within a tomb—
  Thou shalt not find me in the clay!
I pierce a little wall of gloom
  To mingle with the day!
 
I brothered with the things that pass,        5
  Poor giddy joy and puckered grief;
I go to brother with the grass
  And with the sunning leaf.
 
Not death can sheathe me in a shroud;
  A joy-sword whetted keen with pain,        10
I join the armies of the cloud,
  The lightning and the rain.
 
Oh, subtle in the sap athrill,
  Athletic in the glad uplift,
A portion of the cosmic will,        15
  I pierce the planet-drift.
 
My God and I shall interknit
  As rain and ocean, breath and air;
And oh, the luring thought of it
  Is prayer!        20
 

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