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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
The Great Hunt
Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)
I CANNOT tell you now;
    When the wind’s drive and whirl
    Blow me along no longer,
    And the wind’s a whisper at last—
Maybe I’ll tell you then—        5
                some other time.
    When the rose’s flash to the sunset
    Reels to the wrack and the twist,
    And the rose is a red bygone,
    When the face I love is going        10
    And the gate to the end shall clang,
    And it’s no use to beckon or say, “So long”—
Maybe I’ll tell you then—
                some other time.
I never knew any more beautiful than you:        15
    I have hunted you under my thoughts,
    I have broken down under the wind
    And into the roses looking for you.
      I shall never find any
                greater than you.        20


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