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Homing Swallows1

  1. Swift swallows sailing from the Spanish main2,

  2. O rain-birds3 racing merrily away

  3. From hill-tops parched with heat and sultry plain

  4. Of wilting plants and fainting flowers, say—

  5. When at the noon-hour from the chapel school4

  6. The children dash and scamper down the dale,

  7. Scornful of teacher's rod and binding rule

  8. Forever broken and without avail,

  9. Do they still stop beneath the giant tree

  10. To gather locusts5 in their childish greed,

  11. And chuckle when they break the pods to see

  12. The golden powder clustered round the seed?


Harlem Shadows (1922)

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