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- I may,
if I can,
sleep; since I must,
- "The Monosyllable" lines 15–20, The Chinese Insomniacs: New Poems, 1981, University of Pennsylvania Press, ISBN 0812278186
- The ancient usual retreat
Takes down the steps the scattering horde;
Adam again has met defeat,
Has missed connections with the Lord.
But where the altar-candles die
Waits God, and in a corner prays
The last of heroes who will try
The Gate again in seven days.
- "Non Sum Dignus" st. 4–5, In the Crevice of Time: New and Collected Poems, 1995, Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 0801851165
- Josephine Jacobsen poems in Mezzo Cammin, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Winter 2007)