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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1736. I Know Not Why
 
By Morris Rosenfeld
 
 
I LIFT mine eyes against the sky,
The clouds are weeping, so am I;
I lift mine eyes again on high,
The sun is smiling, so am I.
Why do I smile? Why do I weep?        5
I do not know; it lies too deep.
 
I hear the winds of autumn sigh,
They break my heart, they make me cry;
I hear the birds of lovely spring,
My hopes revive, I help them sing.        10
Why do I sing? Why do I cry?
It lies so deep, I know not why.
 

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