Spoon River Anthology

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Author: Edgar Lee Masters

Arlo Will

DID you ever see an alligator
Come up to the air from the mud,
Staring blindly under the full glare of noon?
Have you seen the stabled horses at night
Tremble and start back at the sight of a lantern?
Have you ever walked in darkness
When an unknown door was open before you
And you stood, it seemed, in the light of a thousand candles
Of delicate wax?
Have you walked with the wind in your ears
And the sunlight about you
And found it suddenly shine with an inner splendor?
Out of the mud many times
Before many doors of light
Through many fields of splendor,
Where around your steps a soundless glory scatters
Like new—fallen snow,
Will you go through earth, O strong of soul,
And through unnumbered heavens
To the final flame!

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Chicago: Edgar Lee Masters, "Arlo Will," Spoon River Anthology in Spoon River Anthology Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PBQMGZVKTPTZLQ8.

MLA: Masters, Edgar Lee. "Arlo Will." Spoon River Anthology, in Spoon River Anthology, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PBQMGZVKTPTZLQ8.

Harvard: Masters, EL, 'Arlo Will' in Spoon River Anthology. cited in , Spoon River Anthology. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PBQMGZVKTPTZLQ8.