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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Never Any Fear
By Elsie A. Gidlow
 
I SHALL never have any fear of love—
Not of its depth nor its uttermost height,
Its exquisite pain and its terrible delight.
Never, never shall I have any fear of love.
 
I shall never hesitate to go down        5
Into the fastness of its abyss,
Nor shrink from the cruelty of its awful kiss.
I shall never hesitate to go down.
 
Never shall I dread love’s strength
Nor any hurt it might give;        10
(Tender love is a sick fugitive),
I shall never dread love’s strength.
 
I shall never draw back from love
Through fear of its vast pain,
But build joy of it and count it gain.        15
I shall never draw back from love.
 
I shall never have any fear of love,
Nor shrink weakly from its touch;
I have loved too terribly and too much
Ever to have any fear of love.        20
 
 
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