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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Island
By Robert Alden Sanborn
 
UPON a silent island
In your bosom I am shut.
I wandered on the island
In a pale noon, and a hut
I found within the island        5
Dusk of willow, elm and fern—
Alone amid the island,
A shadow in an urn.
It is a fairy island—
I never shall escape        10
Until the willowed island
Shall change its wistful shape;
Until the urn shall shatter,
And the shadow slake
The frail wish of the sleeper,        15
And she shall wake.
I dare not stir the island
Silence with a happy word;
I dread to shake the island
With a plea that may be heard;        20
So in sleep I keep the island,
Mate its dream with one mine own,
Lest into life the island break,
And leave me all alone.
 
 
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