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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Jerico
 
Willard Wattles
 
 
JERICO, Jerico,
Round and round the walls I go
Where they watch with scornful eyes,
Where the captained bastions rise;
Heel and toe, heel and toe,        5
Blithely round the walls I go.
 
Jerico, Jerico,
Round and round the walls I go …
All the golden ones of earth
Regal in their lordly mirth …        10
Heel and toe, heel and toe,
Round and round the walls I go.
 
Jerico, Jerico,
Blithely round the walls I go,
With a broken sword in hand        15
Where the mighty bastions stand;
Heel and toe, heel and toe,
Hear my silly bugle blow.
 
Heel and toe, heel and toe,
Round the walls of Jerico …        20
Past the haughty golden gate
Where the emperor in state
Smiles to see the ragged show,
Round and round the towers go.
 
Jerico, Jerico,        25
Round and round and round I go …
All their sworded bodies must
Lie low in their tower’s dust …
Heel and toe, heel and toe,
Blithely round the walls I go.        30
 
Heel and toe, heel and toe,—
I will blow a thunder note
From my brazen bugle’s throat
Till the sand and thistle know
The leveled walls of Jerico,        35
Jerico, Jerico, Jerico….
 

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