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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Tree Toad
By Orrick Johns
 
From “Country Rhymes”

A TINY bell the tree toad has,
  I wonder if he knows
The charm it is to hear him
  Ringing as he goes.
 
He can’t have gone the journeys        5
  He tells me to go on,
Here in the darkness
  Of the cool, cropped lawn.
 
He cannot know the thrill
  Of the soft spring wind,        10
Or the wonder, when you walk,
  What will come behind.
 
He hasn’t seen the places
  I’d break my heart to win,
Nor heard the city calling        15
  When the cold comes in.
 
He sings away contented,
  And doesn’t leave his tree,
But he sets my blood a-going
  Where his song will never be.        20
 
 
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