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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
119. The Poet
By Mildred McNeal Sweeney
HIMSELF is least afraid
  When the singing lips in the dust
With all mute lips are laid.
  For thither all men must.
Nor is the end long stayed.        5
But he, having cast his song
  Upon the faithful air
And given it speed—is strong
  That last strange hour to dare,
Nor wills to tarry long.        10
Adown immortal time
  That greater self shall pass,
And wear its eager prime
  And lend the youth it has
Like one far blowing chime.        15
He has made sure the quest
  And now—his word gone forth—
May have his perfect rest
  Low in the tender earth,
The wind across his breast.        20


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