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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
4. The Automobile
 
By Percy MacKaye
 
 
FLUID the world flowed under us: the hills
    Billow on billow of umbrageous green
    Heaved us, aghast, to fresh horizons, seen
One rapturous instant, blind with flash of rills
And silver-rising storms and dewy stills        5
    Of dripping boulders, till the dim ravine
    Drowned us again in leafage, whose serene
Coverts grew loud with our tumultuous wills.
 
Then all of Nature’s old amazement seemed
    Sudden to ask us: “Is this also Man?        10
    This plunging, volant, land-amphibian
What Plato mused and Paracelsus dreamed?
    Reply!” And piercing us with ancient scan,
The shrill, primeval hawk gazed down—and screamed.
 

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