This I do being mad, Gather baubles about me. Sit in a circle of toys, And all this time Death beating the door in. White jade ... and an orange pitcher, Hindu idol, Chinese god, May-be next year when I am richer Carved beads ... and a lotus pod. And all this time Death beating the door in.
- by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), appears in The Harp-Weaver and other poems, first published 1923 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, Sir (1891 - 1975), "Siege", 1940, published 1942, first performed 1941 [low voice, piano], from Seven American Poems, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
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