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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Son
 
Ridgely Torrence
 
 
I HEARD an old farm-wife,
  Selling some barley,
Mingle her life with life
  And the name “Charley”.
 
Saying, “The crop’s all in,        5
  We’re about through now;
Long nights will soon begin,
  We’re just us two now.
 
Twelve bushels at sixty cents,
  It’s all I carried—        10
He sickened making fence;
  He was to be married—
 
It feels like frost was near—
  His hair was curly.
The spring was late that year,        15
  But the harvest early.”
 

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