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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Her Way
 
William Rose Benét (1886–1950)
 
 
(In Memory of T. F. B.)
 
 
YOU loved the hay in the meadow,
  Flowers at noon,
The high cloud’s long shadow,
  Honey of June,
The flaming woodways tangled        5
  With Fall on the hill,
The towering night star-spangled
  And winter-still.
 
And you loved firelight faces
  The hearth, the home—        10
Your mind on golden traces,
  London or Rome—
On quaintly-colored spaces
  Where heavens glow
With his quaint saints embraces—        15
  Angelico.
 
In cloister and highway
  (Gold of God’s dust!)
And many an elfin byway
  You put your trust—        20
A crock and a table,
  Love’s end of day,
And light of a storied stable
  Where kings must pray.
 
Somewhere there is a village        25
  For you and me,
Hayfield, hearth, and tillage—
  Where can it be?
Prayers when birds awake,
  Daily bread,        30
Toil for His sunlit sake
  Who raised us dead.
 
With this in mind you moved
  Through love and pain.
Hard though the long road proved,        35
  You turned again
With a heart that knew its trust
  Not ill-bestowed.
With this you light the dust
  That clouds my road.

  The Yale Review
        40
 

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