The Little Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets

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Author: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse

Tears. [Lizette Woodworth Reese]

When I consider Life and its few years —
A wisp of fog betwixt us and the sun;
A call to battle, and the battle done
Ere the last echo dies within our ears;
A rose choked in the grass; an hour of fears;
The gusts that past a darkening shore do beat;
The burst of music down an unlistening street, —
I wonder at the idleness of tears.
Ye old, old dead, and ye of yesternight,
Chieftains, and bards, and keepers of the sheep,
By every cup of sorrow that you had,
Loose me from tears, and make me see aright
How each hath back what once he stayed to weep:
Homer his sight, David his little lad!

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Chicago: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse, "Tears. [Lizette Woodworth Reese]," The Little Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The Little Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLFISXZQMZ8UM22.

MLA: Rittenhouse, Jessie Belle. "Tears. [Lizette Woodworth Reese]." The Little Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The Little Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLFISXZQMZ8UM22.

Harvard: Rittenhouse, JB, 'Tears. [Lizette Woodworth Reese]' in The Little Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, ed. and trans. . cited in 1850, The Little Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLFISXZQMZ8UM22.