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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Scarlet Tanager
By Richard Hunt
 
ALL through the silent summer day
He sings “Ke-i, ke-o, ke-ay”—
A rich wild strain that sounds to me
Like bugle-notes of anarchy.
 
O black and burning scarlet one,        5
You flare and flicker, like the sun
Against the black void’s freezing breath:
Like life triumphant over death.
 
I see you burning in a tree;
From tree to tree you flame and wave:        10
You wave the blood of liberty
Against the black shroud of the brave.
 
You flare and flare, you call and call,
Amid the dim leaves’ emerald shade.
Your note’s a love-note after all!        15
Of love your scarlet flame is made!
 
 
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