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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Silent Folk
 
Charles Wharton Stork
 
 
OH, praise me not the silent folk;
To me they only seem
Like leafless, bird-abandoned oak
And muffled, frozen stream.
 
I want the leaves to talk and tell        5
The joy that’s in the tree,
And water-nymphs to weave a spell
Of pixie melody.
 
Your silent folk may be sincere,
But still, when all is said,        10
We have to grant they’re rather drear,—
And maybe, too, they’re dead.
 

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