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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Piker
By Morris Bishop
 
From “With the A. E. F.”

YOUTH is for madness, youth is for dreams and visions,
  Youth is for earnest folly and monstrous play:
So say the sages, so say the wise old warriors,
  And so do also the twitch-lipped satyrs say.
 
Youth is a thoughtless laugh in a house of mourning,        5
  A burst of sun on a chill rain-sodden day:
So say the gaunt-faced priests and the hooded sophists,
  So also the sidelong-beckoning satyrs say.
 
Youth is a rose to be plucked and crushed to the nostrils,
  For in an hour it is utterly blown away:        10
So say the minstrels, so say the wistful ancients,
  So too the unclean satyrs say.
 
 
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