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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
23. Why
 
By Bliss Carman
 
 
FOR a name unknown,
Whose fame unblown
Sleeps in the hills
    For ever and aye;
 
For her who hears        5
The stir of the years
Go by on the wind
    By night and day;
 
And heeds no thing
Of the needs of Spring,        10
Of Autumn’s wonder
    Or Winter’s chill;
 
For one who sees
The great sun freeze,
As he wanders a-cold        15
    From hill to hill;
 
And all her heart
Is a woven part
Of the flurry and drift
    Of whirling snow;        20
 
For the sake of two
Sad eyes and true,
And the old, old love
    So long ago.
 

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