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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1435. “Mark”
 
By Ernest McGaffey
 
 
THE HEAVY mists have crept away,
  Heavily swims the sun,
And dim in mystic cloudlands gray
  The stars fade one by one;
Out of the dusk enveloping        5
  Come marsh and sky and tree,
Where erst has rested night’s dark ring
  Over the Kankakee.
 
“Mark right!” Afar and faint outlined
  A flock of mallards fly,        10
We crouch within the reedy blind
  Instantly at the cry.
“Mark left!” We peer through wild rice-blades,
  And distant shadows see,
A wedge-shaped phalanx from the shades        15
  Of far-off Kankakee.
 
“Mark overhead!” A canvas-back!
  “Mark! mark!” A bunch of teal!
And swiftly on each flying track
  Follows the shotgun’s peal;        20
Thus rings that call, till twilight’s tide
  Rolls in like some gray sea,
And whippoorwills complain beside
  The lonely Kankakee.
 

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