VOICES OF THE LIVING POETS

   The following poem is from Ainslees.  It has Mrs.
Wilcoxs usual felicity both of thought and _expression,
and that is all that needs to be said.  We have taken liber-
ties with the title.  She called it A Vagabond Thought.
We like our title better :

A VAGABOND MIND

           By ELLA WHEELER WILCOX

Since early this morning the world has seemed surging
    With unworded rhythm, and rhyme without thought.
It may be the Muses take this way of urging
    The patience and pains by which poems are wrought.
It may be some singer who passed into glory,
    With songs all unfinished, is lingering near
And trying to tell me the rest of the story,
    Which I am too dull of perception to hear.

I hear not, I see not ; but feel the sweet swinging
    And swaying of meter, in sunlight and shade,
The still arch of Space with such music is ringing
    As never an audible orchestra made.
The moments glide by me, and each one is dancing ;
    Aquiver with life is each leaf on the tree,
And out on the ocean is movement entrancing,
    As billow with billow goes racing with glee.

With never a thought that is worthy the saying,
    And never a theme to be put into song,
Since early this morning my mind has been straying,
    A vagabond thing, with a vagabond throng,
With gay, idle moments, and waves of the ocean,
    With winds and with sunbeams, and treetops and birds,
It has lilted along in the joy of mere motion,
    To songs without music and verse without words.

Current Opinion 54 (May 1913): 413.


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