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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
171. Songs of Deliverance
 
II. Virgins
 
By Orrick Johns
 
 
I HAVE had one fear in my life—
When I was young I feared virgins;
But I do not any more….
By contact with them I learn that each is a center,
And has a period of brightness,        5
And stands epitome in that brief space
Of the Universe!
Ah, the ephemeral eternal!
In virgins’ eyes I would live reflected as in a globe,
And know myself purer than crystal.        10
 

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