VOICES OF THE LIVING POETS

     We are not always interested when
Mrs. Wilcox preaches in verse ; but
when she is content to express her
feelings rather than her views in lyric
form the result is wholly admirable.
This is from McClure's:

UNDERSTANDING

By ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.

THE snowdrops and the crocuses
    Bloomed in the olden way :
The stately tulips followed on--
    The pansies had their day ;
The roses came--and yet the year
    Brought neither June nor May.

And now the tiger lilies lift
    Their freckled faces high ;
And now the sun is blazing down
    From out a cloudless sky,
And yet it is not Summer time,
    Tho Summer days drag by,
His dog looks up the lonely lane--
    He knows the reason why.

In "Voices of the Living Poets", Current Opinion 63 (Oct. 1917): 276.

Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.


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