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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
God’s Acre
 
Witter Bynner (1881–1968)
 
 
BECAUSE we felt there could not be
A mowing in reality
So white and feathery-blown and gay
With blossoms of wild caraway,
I said to Celia, “Let us trace        5
The secret of this pleasant place!”
 
We knew some deeper beauty lay
Below the bloom of caraway,
And when we bent the white aside
We came to paupers who had died:        10
Rough wooden shingles row on row,
And God’s name written there—John Doe.
 

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