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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Life Everlasting
By Esther A. Whitmarsh
 
AND will you hear the proof now
  Of immortality?
An old English tinker
  Is come to life in me.
 
His feet were on the highroad        5
  When buds and bees were young;
Many a traveller since then
  Has hummed the songs he sung.
 
He wakened to the bird notes
  We hear through window bars—        10
Vagrant son of the countryside,
  Who slept under the stars.
 
He sat beneath the hedgerows
  To eat his bread and cheese—
Every English springtime        15
  Is built of things like these.
 
I cannot leave off wondering
  That such a one as he,
With all the world to choose from,
  Should come to live in me.        20
 
 
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