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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
A Song of Two Wanderers
Marguerite Wilkinson
DEAR, when I went with you
To where the town ends,
Simple things that Christ loved—
They were our friends;
Tree shade and grass blade        5
And meadows in flower;
Sun-sparkle, dew-glisten,
Star-glow and shower;
Cool-flowing song at night
Where the river bends,        10
And the shingle croons a tune—
These were our friends.
Under us the brown earth
Ancient and strong,
The best bed for wanderers        15
All the night long;
Over us the blue sky
Ancient and dear,
The best roof to shelter all
Glad wanderers here;        20
And racing between them there
Falls and ascends
The chantey of the clean winds—
These were our friends.
By day on the broad road        25
Or on the narrow trail,
Angel wings shadowed us,
Glimmering pale
Through the red heat of noon;
In the twilight of dawn        30
Fairies broke fast with us;
Prophets led us on,
Heroes were kind to us
Day after happy day;
Many white Madonnas        35
We met on our way—
Farmer and longshoreman,
Fisherman and wife,
Children and laborers
Brave enough for Life,        40
Simple folk that Christ loved—
They were our friends….
Dear, we must go again
To where the town ends …


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