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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Heart’s Holiday
By Grace Fallow Norton
 
WITHOUT, a city’s whirling dust,
  A city’s alley-wall;
Without, a bleak, pale strip of sky.
  Within, high festival.
 
Without, no greeting between friends,        5
  From the hurrying crowd no smile.
Within, my heart’s slow pageant moves
  In glorious solemn file.
 
There was no call for revel. Day,
  Who summons us each morn,        10
Came forth in dreariest garb and blew
  No gala herald-horn.
 
But slave of day I am not—nay,
  Her mistress still, I wield
The crystal sceptre of my mood,        15
  Bearing my dream’s white shield.
 
Exultant, rapture-flooded, mad
  With mystic inner mirth,
My heart holds her strange carnival
  Unseen of all the earth.        20
 
 
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