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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
O, My Friend
 
Edgar Lee Masters (1869–1950)
 
 
O, MY friend, 1
What fitting word can I say?
You, my chum,
My companion of infinite talks,
My inspiration,        5
My guide,
Through whom I saw myself at best;
You, the light of this western country.
You, a great richness.
A glory,        10
A charm,
Product and treasure of these States.
 
Bill, I knew you had gone.
I was walking down into town this morning,
And amid the hurry of cars and the flash of this July sun,        15
You came to me.
At least the intimation came to me;
And may it be you,
That somewhere I can laugh and talk long hours with you again.
 
Note 1. This characteristic tribute by Mr. Masters to his friend William Marion Reedy was called forth by the latter’s death in July. In his own way, which seems to me the right way, Mr. Reedy was a “discoverer” of poets—and writers—through a sympathy and understanding unequalled among his contemporaries. He was no propagandist for any particular theory or method or school of the art; but a pure lover of poetry with infinite unselfishness of the lover who praises the virtues of his mistress and genially tolerates her faults. His memory will long be honored and affectionately cherished by the poets of America—a monument he would most desired for his fame.—W. S. B.

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