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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Paris, 1917
By Ruth Gaines
 
WHERE is the home of love so dear?
Where but here—yea, here?
Here love and danger snatch the flower
Of life perchance a single hour,
Mate and die.        5
Here they lie—yea, here!
 
Here love hath pierced each heart with grief.
Joy so brief—ah, brief!—
Is paid with tears enow. They know,
Our well-beloved, an utter woe        10
Than death more dread;
They are wed to grief.
 
None weary of sweet love and dear—
Nay, not here, not here.
Black-veiled as any holy nun        15
The brides of love and war are done
With love’s delight.
Their long, long night is here.
 
In those who give and those who take
Hearts must break, must break.        20
Yet give they of themselves twice o’er
Who give to love in time of war,
And lightly bear
Despair for dear love’s sake.
 
 
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