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Alan Seeger (Алан Сигер)


Sonnet 2. Not that I always struck the proper mean


Not that I always struck the proper mean
Of what mankind must give for what they gain,
But, when I think of those whom dull routine
And the pursuit of cheerless toil enchain,
Who from their desk-chairs seeing a summer cloud
Race through blue heaven on its joyful course
Sigh sometimes for a life less cramped and bowed,
I think I might have done a great deal worse;
For I have ever gone untied and free,
The stars and my high thoughts for company;
Wet with the salt-spray and the mountain showers,
I have had the sense of space and amplitude,
And love in many places, silver-shoed,
Has come and scattered all my path with flowers.



Alan Seeger's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 4. Up at his attic sill the South wind came
  2. Sonnet 12. Down the strait vistas where a city street
  3. On a Theme in the Greek Anthology
  4. The Torture of Cuauhtemoc
  5. Sonnet 1. Down the strait vistas where a city street


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