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THE MALLARDS PASS UNHARMED, by            
First Line: Grieve not because the mallards pass unharmed
Last Line: To view the wing and hoof beats as a god.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alexander, Frances
Subject(s): Ducks; Mallards; Drakes


Grieve not because the mallards pass unharmed
While you, once hunter, scorn your hunting lease;
Nor grieve that doe and fawn now feed in peace
And nose the waters near you unalarmed.
Not youth decanted lets you watch unarmed,
Unchallenged to the chase by honking geese,
Unlured to romance in the trail's caprice --
A stronger cup than youth now holds you charmed.
A potion has your yearless wisdom brewed
From bitter beauty and from stifled whine,
From sharpened cries, and death's hushed magnitude,
From love grown mellow as old cellared wine; --
This virile essence holds you, heavy shod,
To view the wing and hoof beats as a God.





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