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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Lover envies an Old Man
 
Shaemas O Sheel
 
 
I ENVY the feeble old man
Dozing there in the sun.
When all you can do is done
And life is a shattered plan,
What is there better than        5
Dozing in the sun?
 
I could grow very still
Like an old stone on a hill
And content me with the one
Thing that is ever kind,        10
The tender sun.
I could grow deaf and blind
And never hear her voice,
Nor think I could rejoice
With her in any place;        15
And I could forget her face,
And love only the sun.
Because when we are tired,
Very very tired,
And cannot again be fired        20
By any hope,
The sun is so comforting!
A little bird under the wing
Of its mother, is not so warm.
Give me only the scope        25
Of an old chair
Out in the air,
Let me rest there,
Moving not,
Loving not,        30
Only dozing my days till my days be done,
Under the sun.
 

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