Poetry of Kansas

By The River

If I might live by the river
    And watch the ships come down,
Passing the bend and the gleaming bridge
    On their stately way to town;
If every day of the livelong year
    My eyes that sight might see,
I'd live like a lord by the river
    And the king should envy me.
If I might live by the river
    When the ships come in at dawn, ___
White with the clinging river mists,
    Haggard with night, and wan ___
I'd watch till the patient night was spent,
    And the weary moon gone down ___
Till the lights went out, toward morning,
    Across the river in town.
If I might live by the river
    And watch the ships go by,
In all of this winsome width of world
    Who'd happier be than I?
Oh, the king may keep his men o' war
    For the good of the royal crown,
If he'll let me live by the river
    Where the inland ships come down!

The Call of Kansas and Other Poems
Esther M. (Clark) Hill
(Cedar Rapids: Torch Press. __)
Page 63

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