Textual History

This poem also appears under a different title in Spring in New Hampshire 1920 [] Claude McKay The Choice Claude McKay Spring in New Hampshire London Grant Richards Ltd. 1920 37 .


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The Wild Goat The Choice

  1. O you would clothe me in silken frocks

  2. And house me from the cold,

  3. And bind with bright bands my glossy locks,

  4. And buy me chains of gold;

  5. And give me—meekly to do my will—

  6. The hapless sons of men:—

  7. But the wild goat bounding on the barren hill

  8. Droops in the grassy pen.


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