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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Apology
By Fannie Stearns Gifford
 
NOW you are ugly. You are old.
  And you are poorer than a stone.
And you are strong, but glacier-cold.
  And you are kind, but dead-alone.
 
And you—what children never came        5
  To dance like brooks across your heart!
And you—what trumpetings of fame
  Blew by, and left you locked apart!
 
Courageous traitor! masked in steel!
  How can you ache so, and yet live?        10
While I—though stars and sun may reel,
  I have had all that life could give.
 
Oh, do not hate me! Should I too
  Be Dearth’s straight-lipped proud body-slave?
Forgive me, when you stare me through,        15
  For never needing to be brave!
 
 
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