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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
The Worker
 
Scudder Middleton
 
 
BE quiet, worker in my breast:
  You hurt me, pounding so!
Day and night your hammer rings.
  What you build, I do not know.
 
I am tired by your effort.        5
  I would like to be as still
As the solitary sheep
  Scattered on the sunny hill.
 
Stop your mad, insistent beating!
  Be less eager and more wise!        10
You are building nothing lasting.
  Let me rest and close my eyes.

  Harper’s Magazine
 

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