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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Willard Wattles. 1888–
 
122. The Builder
 
SMOOTHING a cypress beam 
    With a scarred hand, 
I saw a carpenter 
    In a far land. 
  
Down past the flat roofs         5
    Poured the white sun; 
But still he bent his back, 
    The patient one. 
  
And I paused surprised 
    In that queer place  10
To find an old man 
    With a haunting face. 
  
"Who art thou, carpenter, 
    Of the bowed head; 
And what buildest thou?"  15
    "Heaven," he said. 
 
 
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