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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Oh Hush, My Heart!
By Grace Fallow Norton
 
OH hush, my heart, while I recall
  The rosy-footed years
When I had no heart at all,
  Only quick smiles and tears.
Oh sweet it was and safe it was        5
  And oh, I would I were
Still running with white dreams that pass
  Like clouds across the air.
 
Oh hush, my heart, while I recall
  The silent-sandaled days        10
When I had no heart at all,
  Only my soul’s white ways.
Oh sweet it was and very strange
  To find a white soul so;
Oh would that I again might range,        15
  Heartless, her fields of snow.
 
Oh would I had no heart at all!
  For oh, the stormy hour
When my hot heart rose to a call,
  Bearing a crimson flower.        20
Alas, my soul’s wide wanderings,
  My limitless desire!
Now all my dreams have heavy wings
  And hover round a fire.
Now all my world is made of hands        25
  That cling to mine again,
And I am bound with iron bands
  Of passion and of pain.
 
 
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