Ruth Manning-Sanders Poems

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The Soul And The Spirit Of The Race

When I went down the gallery,
A million shapes of clay
Stood in the selfsame way
Upon their pedestàls of ebony,

Blackberry Pickers

Low in the road under the withering hedge
They stand, the woman drearyand thin shouldered.
The three small ragged boys,—and the white faces
They lift to the high hedge are blotched with cold.

The Pedlar

Coming up the path behold
A pedlar bent and very old.
With round dark eye,
A black bag in his small right hand.

The Lover

For me, your lover, life is a great room
Scattered with your belongings, and I see
Nothing you have not touched, and whoso comes
Carries your messages, and who departs

A Dream

As we sat in dim firelight,
You and I, when starless night
Pressed against the cottage wall,
And the flames wrought webs of dreaming,

Old Stalwart

Now we in the small stable watched with Death,
Death that stood hesitant, where rusty gold
Old Stalwart's flanks gleamed dimly mid a throng
Of crowding shadows; for the storm-lamp burned


Little ones, guileless ones,
So fair and dainty.
All the guests are gathered here.
Come and acquaint ye.

Winter Song

Good-night, good-night, the log bums low.
The nodding shadows nod more slow.
Lift, and fall, and die ;
The night hangs drear.

The Lane

Out of the clear starlight,
Into a tunnel of night.
Muffling closie, falling steep.
Boughs stir above the place.

The Magnet

Naked you come, and naked go.
Nor hold of too great worth
The riches and the fame
And the green ways of earth.

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