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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Enchanted Toad
By Witter Bynner
 
From “Sea-edge Songs”

THREE times you had neared, I unaware—
My body warm in the sand and bare,
Three times you had hopped your silent track
To the arch of shadow under my back.
And each time, when I had felt you cool        5
And turned on you and, like a fool,
Prodded your exit from my place,
Sorrow deepened in your face.
You were loth to leave me, though I threw
Handfuls of sand to quicken you.        10
You would look as you went and blink your eyes
And puff your pale throat with surprise.
Three times you had tried, like someone daft….
Till I thought, too late, that evil craft
Had altered, into what you were,        15
Some old Chinese philosopher;
Had warted you dank and thwarted you dumb,
And that, given just three times to come
And beg a poet to set you free,
You had put all your faith in me.        20
 
 
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