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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
I Met Three Lovers
By Eda Lou Walton
 
From “Hill Songs”

I MET three lovers
In a crowd:
One was free,
And one was bowed,
And the third one spoke        5
Too loud.
 
To each of them
I spoke just this:
“Walk to the hill-tops
If you would kiss;        10
For to me it has always
Seemed amiss
To lend my lips
In a valley.”
 
Up my first lover        15
Went with me—
My stalwart lover
Who was free.
He saw the sadness
In my eyes,        20
And left me
Laughingly.
 
For lover two
The way was long,
But as we went        25
His step grew strong.
He saw the laughter
On my lips,
And only kissed
My finger-tips.        30
 
Then he who was last
Went up with me.
His voice grew soft
In humility;
So on the hills        35
I gave my kiss,
And spent my life
In the valley.
 
 
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