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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
The Gate
 
Elizabeth J. Coatsworth
 
 
THE DUST is thick along the road;
  The fields are scorching in the sun;
My wife has ever a bitter word
  To greet me when the day is done.
 
The neighbors rest beside the gate        5
  But half their words are high and shrill.
My son is over-young to help;
  The fields are very hard to till.
 
But in the dusk I raise my eyes—
  The poet’s words come back to me:        10
“In the moon there is a white jade gate
  Shadowed cool by a cassia tree.”

  Poetry, A Magazine of Verse
 

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