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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
April—North Carolina
 
Harriet Monroe (1860–1936)
 
 
WOULD you not be in Tryon
  Now that the spring is here,
When mocking-birds are praising
  The fresh, the blossomy year?
 
Look—on the leafy carpet        5
  Woven of winter’s browns
Iris and pink azaleas
  Flutter their gaudy gowns.
 
The dogwood spreads white meshes—
  So white and light and high—        10
To catch the drifting sunlight
  Out of the cobalt sky.
 
The pointed beech and maple,
  The pines, dark-tufted, tall,
Pattern with many colors        15
  The mountain’s purple wall.
 
Hark—what a rushing torrent
  Of crystal song falls sheer!
Would you not be in Tryon
  Now that the spring is here?        20
 

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