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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1633. The Arid Lands
 
By Herbert Bashford
 
 
THESE lands are clothed in burning weather,
  These parched lands pant for God’s cool rain;
I look away where strike together
  The burnished sky and barren plain.
 
I look away; no green thing gladdens        5
  My weary eye—no flower, no tree,
Naught save the earth, the sage-brush saddens
  The scorched, gray earth that sickens me.
 
Oh for the pines, where the sweet wind revels!
  The ringing laugh of the crystal creek!        10
Alas, gaunt Hunger haunts these levels,
  And Thirst goes wandering wan and weak.
 
No shadow falls where swiftly passes
  The gray coyote’s noiseless feet,
No song of bird, no hint of grasses—        15
  The home of Silence and of Heat!
 

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