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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
 
The Goblin Laugh
By Edwin Markham
 
WHEN I behold how men and women grind
  And grovel for some place of pomp or power,
  To shine and circle through a crumbling hour,
Forgetting the large mansions of the mind,
That are the rest and shelter of mankind;        5
  And when I see them come with wearied brains
  Pallid and powerless to enjoy their gains,
I seem to hear a goblin laugh unwind.
 
And then a memory sends upon its billow
  Thoughts of a singer wise enough to play,        10
  Who took life as a lightsome holiday:
Oft have I seen him make his arm a pillow,
Drink from his hand, and with a pipe of willow
  Blow a wild music down a woodland way.
 
 
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