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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
To a Mocking Bird
By Owen F. Aldis
O SINGER of the twilight solitude!
When moss-veiled oaks sigh at my weary dream,
Beside the sullen heron-haunted stream,
Thy laughing voice begins its gay prelude,
Mocking the boding owl with mimic scream;        5
Then o’er the hushed lagoon the night mists brood,
Till, sudden, throbbing with beatitude,
Rises thy vesper hymn of love supreme.
No old-world myth, no tragic love refrain
Dost thou to everglade and bayou tell;        10
So joyous is thy high exulting strain
My sad heart wakes to hope beneath the spell.
Faint grows the memory of passion’s pain,
Forgotten is the song of Philomel.
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