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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
An Old Man’s Weariness
By Arthur L. Phelps
 
I WANT to lie alone beside the sedges,
Where the dim-faced waters are quietly singing.
There is peace there, and a deep old happiness
That the drake knows when he is tired of winging
      The far heights, and avoiding        5
      The craft of the grey hunter.
 
I have long avoided the grey hunter Death,
And now I am weary and in much need of learning
What still peace is. I need the voice of the sedges
That knows not any of the old earth yearning        10
      And its cry, but is quiet,
      Like the air and the water.
 
 
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