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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
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By Charles Henry Phelps
WEARY, weary, desolate,
Sand-swept, parched, and cursed of fate;
Burning, but how passionless!
Barren, bald, and pitiless!
Through all ages baleful moons        5
Glared upon thy whited dunes;
And malignant, wrathful suns
Fiercely drank thy streamless runs;
So that Nature’s only tune
Is the blare of the simoon,        10
Piercing burnt unweeping skies
With its awful monodies.
Not a flower lifts its head
Where the emigrant lies dead;
Not a living creature calls        15
Where the Gila Monster crawls,
Hot and hideous as the sun,
To the dead man’s skeleton;
But the desert and the dead,
And the hot hell overhead,        20
And the blazing, seething air,
And the dread mirage are there.

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