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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Love Tower
By Elizabeth J. Coatsworth
 
From “Vermilion Seals”

PRINCE SUNG built Tsheng-leng tower
  From which he might espy
Dame Sik of the smoke-like hair
  And willow waist, go by.
 
When the moon looked full at the sun        5
  In the month that the asters flower,
Prince Sung bade them bring Dame Sik
  Into his gay tiled tower.
 
“Give thy handmaid leave to bathe
  And change her unworthy dress;        10
She will serve thee with napkin and comb,
  As befits thy worshipfulness.”
 
She bathed and changed her robes,
  In a warm slow autumn hour.
She smiled in the face of Prince Sung,        15
  And leapt from the top of the tower.
 
 
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