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Gilman, James W. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XIX, Number 2 (November 1919)

Helie, Fernande; Knower, Eve
[Verse],   pp. 44-45


Page 44


4  WISCONSIN LITERARY MAGAZINE
ON BOARD-SEPTEMBER 1918
H     E WAS killed on board by a huge wave: no one
knew whence he came; no one could trace back
the path which had brought him there. Someone said:
"Poor fellow! we'll have to leave him somewhere
here." So, he was wrapped in a sheet, covered with a
flag which was certainly not that of his own coun-
try and, on one melancholy morning, his corpse was
brought on deck. A few men stood round bare-headed.
The chaplain quickly read the prayers of the dead.
The wind was cold and the sea foamy and rough.
The corpse slid over board, fell into the water with a
splash which could not be heard through the loud howl-
ing of the storm.
"Dreadful weather," said someone.
FERNANDE HELIE.
INSPIRATION
The call of life comes keen and strong
From all the hills of earth,
And there is youth that answers it,
And deathless faith;
And clear winds blow,
That sweep the earth and life itself,
And make all fair;
And death,
And failure's sting,
And weariness,
Are not,
But bright, all-conquering hope,
That challenges the world,
Beneath the banners of a dream of right.
EVE KNOWER.
THE POET'S GOD
Sad gods, glad gods,
Wise gods, mad gods,
All the gods the world has,
How shall I choose mine!
Tears enough within the world
Where the lash of grief is curled,
Tears enough, and wisdom too,
Old and dead that hides the true;
Laughter in the hearts of men,
Joy that sings and sings again,
Dancing tread of flying feet,
Gladness, strong and aching sweet,-
There is lack enough of these
On this star that whirls and flees,
Too little joy in earth-born eyes
Has been the gift of gods too wise,-
Not wise nor sad my god shall be,
But glad and mad and wild and free!
EVE KNOWER.
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November, 1919


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