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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
155. Winter Sleep
 
By Edith M. Thomas
 
 
I KNOW it must be winter (though I sleep)—
I know it must be winter, for I dream
I dip my bare feet in the running stream,
And flowers are many, and the grass grows deep.
 
I know I must be old (how age deceives!)        5
I know I must be old, for, all unseen,
My heart grows young, as autumn fields grow green
When late rains patter on the falling sheaves.
 
I know I must be tired (and tired souls err)—
I know I must be tired, for all my soul        10
To deeds of daring beats a glad, faint roll,
As storms the riven pine to music stir.
 
I know I must be dying (Death draws near)—
I know I must be dying, for I crave
Life—life, strong life, and think not of the grave,        15
And turf-bound silence, in the frosty year.
 

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