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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
110. Let Me No More a Mendicant
 
By Arthur Colton
 
 
LET me no more a mendicant
Without the gate
Of the world’s kingly palace wait;
Morning is spent,
The sentinels change and challenge in the tower,        5
Now slant the shadows eastward hour by hour.
 
Open the door, O Seneschal! Within
I see them sit,
The feasters, daring destiny with wit,
Casting to win        10
Or lose their utmost, and men hurry by
At offices of confluent energy.
 
Let me not here a mendicant
Without the gate
Linger from dayspring till the night is late,        15
And there are sent
All homeless stars to loiter in the sky,
And beggared midnight winds to wander by.
 

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