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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Foundling Hospital
By Rosalie Jonas
 
Strangely silent, strangely bare,
Tiny faces everywhere,
Strangely old and gaunt and drawn
In the dawn.
 
Haunting, piteous baby eyes!        5
Suffering mute, vicarious lies:
Sacrifice for world-old sin,
Deep therein.
 
“Man of pleasure,” you who lay
In your mother’s arms one day,        10
These upon their mother’s breast
May not rest.
 
These your passions touched to blight,
Seed of sated appetite,
Starve upon a pauper’s dole—        15
Body, soul.
 
That your pleasures play at ease
Babes must battle with disease:
Heavy toll of your light way
They must pay!        20
 
With the damp of anguished sweat
See these matted tresses wet!
And these unkissed, shrivelled hands
Bear the brands.
 
Christ, have pity! You were man        25
When your martyrdom began:
For men’s sins must the new-born
Feel the thorn?
 
 
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