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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Poets
 
Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918)
 
 
VAIN is the chiming of forgotten bells
  That the wind sways above a ruined shrine.
Vainer his voice in whom no longer dwells
  Hunger that craves immortal Bread and Wine.
 
Light songs we breathe that perish with our breath        5
  Out of our lips that have not kissed the rod.
They shall not live who have not tasted death.
  They only sing who are struck dumb by God.
 

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