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The Congo and Other Poems

By Vachel Lindsay [Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, Illinois Artist. 1879-1931.]

[Note on text: Due to the distinctions made by the author

between emphasis by capitalization and emphasis by use of italics,

especially in those poems intended to be read aloud,

italicized words, phrases, and sections are marked by asterisks (*).

Lines longer than 78 characters are broken, and the continuation

is indented two spaces. Also, a great many obvious errors

have been corrected. These are mostly errors in punctuation,

often inconsistent with other parts of the text -- a few were typos.]

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