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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

32. Andy the Night-Watch

IN my Spanish cloak, 
And old slouch hat, 
And overshoes of felt, 
And Tyke, my faithful dog, 
And my knotted hickory cane,         5
I slipped about with a bull’s-eye lantern 
From door to door on the square, 
As the midnight stars wheeled round, 
And the bell in the steeple murmured 
From the blowing of the wind;  10
And the weary steps of old Doc Hill 
Sounded like one who walks in sleep, 
And a far-off rooster crew. 
And now another is watching Spoon River 
As others watched before me.  15
And here we lie, Doc Hill and I 
Where none breaks through and steals, 
And no eye needs to guard. 



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