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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Praise for Him
By Eunice Tietjens
 
From “Facets”

AND if I find you beautiful, what then?
Shall I not take my pleasure in the line
Of your clean chiseled nostril, and the fine
Crisp curve your hair makes on your forehead? Men
Are plenty who are dull and dutiful.        5
I owe you thanks that you are beautiful.
 
And if your spirit’s vividness is such
That with the swiftness of a flight of birds
Rises the covey of your colored words,
Where is the song shall praise you overmuch?        10
I hold no brief for pious lividness;
I thank you for your spirit’s vividness.
 
And if your soul—“Is there a soul?” “Perhaps;
At least admit it as a way men speak.”—
Your soul then, lonely as a mountain peak        15
And naked as a fawn, if it can lapse
Sheer outward from the rim of things I see,
Well! Still I’m thankful for your liberty.
 
 
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