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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
“E Be Than”
By Carroll Lane Fenton
 
THEY come weeping,
They raise their voices,
Women meet them
As they ride from the plain.
The band is home,        5
But none rejoices—
For many men
Return not again.
 
The chief leads them;
Yet, heavy-hearted,        10
He slowly rides
From the wide, shining plain.
Warriors mourn
The friends departed—
For many men        15
Return not again.
 
Women follow;
The children, weeping,
Straggle along
Through the dust of the plain,        20
Many mourning
Friends or fathers—
For many men
Return not again.
 
Priests, chanting        25
The sacred death-song,
Raise dull grave-poles
High above the wide plain;
Men mourn
Sons and cousins—        30
For dead men’s souls
Return not again.
 
 
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