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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
 
The Riot
 
Gamaliel Bradford (1863–1932)
 
 
YOU may think my life is quiet.
    I find it full of change,
An ever-varied diet,
    As piquant as ’tis strange.
 
Wild thoughts are always flying,        5
    Like sparks across my brain,
Now flashing out, now dying,
    To kindle soon again.
 
Fine fancies set me thrilling,
    And subtle monsters creep        10
Before my sight unwilling:
    They even haunt my sleep.
 
One broad, perpetual riot
    Enfolds me night and day.
You think my life is quiet?        15
    You don’t know what you say.
 

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