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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Charles Erskine Scott Wood. 1852–
 
9. Sunrise
 
THE lean coyote, prowler of the night, 
Slips to his rocky fastnesses, 
Jack-rabbits noiselessly shuttle among the sage-brush, 
And from the castellated cliffs, 
Rock-ravens launch their proud black sails upon the day.         5
The wild horses troop back to their pastures. 
  
The poplar-trees watch beside the irrigation-ditches. 
Orioles, whose nests sway in the cotton-wood trees by the ditch-side, begin to twitter. 
All shy things, breathless, watch 
The thin white skirts of dawn,  10
The dancer of the sky, 
Who trips daintily down the mountain-side 
Emptying her crystal chalice.... 
And a red-bird, dipped in sunrise, cracks from a poplar's top 
His exultant whip above a silver world.  15
 
 
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