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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Coplas
By Alice Corbin
 
From “New Mexico Folk-songs”

I
PUT orange in your wine
  And make it thin and weak;
He who has never known love,
  Of living may not speak.
 
II
All the buffalo-hunters have gone,
        5
  Every good man passes;
Only the shameless one is left
  Eating corn-meal with molasses.
 
III
She who marries an old man
  For his money, pays;        10
The money goes,
  But the old man stays.
 
IV
He who loves and does not give
  To be jealous has no right;
Instead he should be thankful        15
  That they love him with nothing in sight!
 
V
You say that you love me so much—
  Do not lift me so high;
For the topmost leaves on the tree
  Are the first to die.        20
 
VI
Damn the black clothes,
  And the scissors and thread!
My sweetheart wears mourning,
  Yet I am not dead!
 
VII
Night before last at your house
        25
  I knocked three times around.
You are no good for lovers
  Because you sleep too sound.
 
 
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