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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Thing
By Morris Gilbert
From “Episodes”

I SEE it in the sorry gleam
That lights the far and forlorn dream;
It’s in the glorious sacrifice
Made for the wry inglorious prize;
It’s there to see (I cannot choose)        5
When men take honor to the Jews,
And in the satyr’s hoofs that rave
Down the still cathedral nave;
In slender lips that twist and sing,
And curved eyes quick with revelling,        10
And every gesture of delight
Caught in the blue mirage of night.
It will I seize and hold some day—
But for it I must throw away
And for it I must leave behind …        15
By God, I wish that I were blind!

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