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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Prelude
By Cloyd Head
 
From “War Sequence”

I THOUGHT
Surely, of those in battle, one, bearing the impulse of the years before—the splendid sunset—would create a song,
A song of war!
 
But none—not one has spoken. And the singers die, fighting in silence, comrade by comrade—fall, leaving above their death no Marseillaise.
 
I thought—        5
My people, finding perhaps their freedom in a war for freedom, might find also utterance, singing of the rite of hecatombs offered to greater than a god.
 
But none—not one has spoken … Over France—the voice of France is Rheims, a threnody graven in silence. Yet the song to break the anguish of that silence, the life-song uttered, not the dirge of Rheims?
 
 
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