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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Haniel Long. 1888–
 
124. Dead Men Tell No Tales
 
THEY say that dead men tell no tales! 
  
            Except of barges with red sails 
            And sailors mad for nightingales; 
  
            Except of jongleurs stretched at ease 
            Beside old highways through the trees;         5
  
            Except of dying moons that break 
            The hearts of lads who lie awake; 
  
            Except of fortresses in shade, 
            And heroes crumbled and betrayed. 
  
But dead men tell no tales, they say!  10
  
            Except old tales that burn away 
            The stifling tapestries of day: 
  
            Old tales of life, of love and hate, 
            Of time and space, and will, and fate. 
 
 
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