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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Homeland
 
Dana Burnet
 
 
MY land was the west land; my home was on the hill,
I never think of my land but it makes my heart to thrill;
I never smell the west wind that blows the golden skies,
But old desire is in my feet and dreams are in my eyes.
 
My home crowned the high land; it had a stately grace.        5
I never think of my land but I see my mother’s face;
I never smell the west wind that blows the silver ships
But old delight is in my heart and mirth is on my lips.
 
My land was a high land; my home was near the skies.
I never think of my land but a light is in my eyes;        10
I never smell the west wind that blows the summer rain—
But I am at my mother’s knee, a little lad again.
 

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