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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
146. Early Morning at Bargis
 
By Hermann Hagedorn
 
 
CLEAR air and grassy lea,
  Stream-song and cattle-bell—
Dear man, what fools are we
  In prison-walls to dwell!
 
To live our days apart        5
  From green things and wide skies,
And let the wistful heart
  Be cut and crushed with lies!
 
Bright peaks!—And suddenly
  Light floods the placid dell,        10
The grass-tops brush my knee:
A good crop it will be,
  So all is well!
O man, what fools are we
  In prison-walls to dwell!        15
 

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