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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
William Alexander Percy
I WATCH the farmers in their fields
  And marvel secretly.
They are so very calm and sure,
  They have such dignity.
They know such simple things so well,        5
  Although their learning’s small,
They find a steady, brown content
  Where some find none at all.
And all their quarrelings with God
  Are soon made up again;        10
They grant forgiveness when He sends
  His silver, tardy rain.
Their pleasure is so grave and full
  When gathered crops are trim,
You know they think their work was done        15
  In partnership with Him.
Then, why, when there are fields to buy,
  And little fields to rent,
Do I still love so foolishly
  Wisdom and discontent?

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