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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1709. Intaglios
 
By Francis Brooks
 
 
TENNESSEE

IN Tennessee, the dogwood tree
Blossoms to-night: towards the sea
The Cumberland makes melody,
In Tennessee.
 
And Morgan mounts his steed once more;        5
In phantom file his troopers pour
Along; the stars hear once again
The song of Morgan and his men.
 
In Tennessee, the slave is free
To-night; but waking he can see        10
The raiders—hears them—tremblingly,
In Tennessee.
 
ON THE PLAINS

CIRCLING on high, in cloudless sky,
The shadowed hawk with passioned eye
In widening orbits floats, a spy,        15
Circling on high.
 
He marks the gopher’s clean-picked bones,
Whitening upon the hot dry stones
Of the dust-choked gulch, and strikes straightway,
In fancy strikes, the hastening prey.        20
 
But all is still—noon hath her will;
Not e’en a snake crawls on the hill;
Only the hawk moves, fain to kill,
Circling on high.
 

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