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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
145. Miniver Cheevy
 
By Edwin Arlington Robinson
 
 
MINIVER CHEEVY, child of scorn,
  Grew lean while he assailed the seasons;
He wept that he was ever born,
  And he had reasons.
 
Miniver loved the days of old        5
  When swords were bright and steeds were prancing;
The vision of a warrior bold
  Would set him dancing.
 
Miniver sighed for what was not,
  And dreamed, and rested from his labors;        10
He dreamed of Thebes and Camelot,
  And Priam’s neighbors.
 
Miniver mourned the ripe renown
  That made so many a name so fragrant;
He mourned Romance, now on the town,        15
  And Art, a vagrant.
 
Miniver loved the Medici,
  Albeit he had never seen one;
He would have sinned incessantly
  Could he have been one.        20
 
Miniver cursed the commonplace
  And eyed a khaki suit with loathing;
He missed the mediaeval grace
  Of iron clothing.
 
Miniver scorned the gold he sought,        25
  But sore annoyed was he without it;
Miniver thought, and thought, and thought,
  And thought about it.
 
Miniver Cheevy, born too late,
  Scratched his head and kept on thinking;        30
Miniver coughed, and called it fate,
  And kept on drinking.
 

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