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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
134. Gold
 
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
 
 
ALL day the mallet thudded far below
My garret, in an old ramshackle shed
Where ceaselessly, with stiffly nodding head
And rigid motions ever to and fro
A figure like a puppet in a show        5
Before the window moved till day was dead,
Beating out gold to earn his daily bread,
Beating out thin fine gold-leaf blow on blow.
 
And I within my garret all day long
Unto that ceaseless thudding tuned my song,        10
Beating out golden words in tune and time
To that dull thudding, rhyme on golden rhyme.
But in my dreams all night, in that dark shed,
With aching arms I beat fine gold for bread.
 

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