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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
The Last Furrow
By Edwin Markham (1852–1940)
 
[Born in Oregon City, Oregon, 1852. Died in Brooklyn, N. Y., 1940. Uncollected Poems. 188–.]

THE SPIRIT OF EARTH with still, restoring hands,
  Mid ruin moves, in glimmering chasm gropes,
  And mosses mantle and the bright flower opes;
  But Death the Ploughman wanders in all lands,
And to the last of earth his furrow stands:        5
  The grave is never hidden: fearful hopes
  Follow the dead upon the fading slopes,
  And there wild memories meet upon the sands.
 
When willows fling their banners to the plain,
  When rumor of wind and sound of sudden showers        10
  Disturb the dream of winter—all in vain
The grasses hurry to the graves, the flowers
  Toss their wild torches on their windy towers:
  Yet are the bleak graves lonely in the rain.
 
 
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