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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Summons
By Alice Corbin
 
From “Songs from a Book of Airs”

    THEN, as the summons came,
    I felt my name
    Roll out in flame
Along the midnight’s black and baseless floor.
 
    My life grew hour by hour—        5
    Bud, stalk, and flower:
    How slight a thing hath power
On life Time’s everlasting light to pour!
 
    Yet, for that moment brief,
    I was myself; the chief        10
    Actor; Time’s thief:
Time that steals all things gilds ere it takes the leaf.
 
    Yet even this went by:
    Too late! I could but cry
    This was that I        15
I only came to know when it was time to die!
 
 
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