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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Helen Gray Cone (1859–1934)


VOICE, with what emulous fire thou singest free hearts of old fashion,

English scorners of Spain sweeping the blue sea-way:

Sing me the daring of life for life, the magnanimous passion

Of man for man in the mean populous streets of To-day!

Hand, with what color and power thou couldst show in the ring hot-sanded,

Brown Bestiarius holding the lean, tawn tiger at bay:

Paint me the wrestle of Toil with the wild-beast Want, bare-handed!

Shadow me forth a soul steadily facing To-day!