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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/The Stonehewer

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2.* THE STONEHEWER.

 

Stohewer, stonehewer, whitely arrayed,
What art thou building? For whom?
—Ho, do not baulk us intent on our trade,—
From our building a prison will loom.

—Stonehewer, stonehewer, trowel in hand,
Who then will sob in these walls?
—Not you, nor your brother, rich man, understand,
For theft to your lot never falls.

—Stonehewer, stonehewer, who without sleep
Will abide there long hours of the night?
—Maybe my son will,—he toils for his keep.
And such is the close of our plight.

—Stonehewer, stonehewer, then will he think
Of them who laid bricks here of yore!
—Ho, beware! Beneath ladders from jests you should shrink . . .
This we ourselves know, give o'er!

 
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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1924, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1970, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.