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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Holy Writ
By Arthur Davison Ficke
 
IT does not seem so many years ago—
Those nights when I lay shivering in my bed
And saw the candle-light round my aunt’s head
Casting its hazy sanctifying glow;
And heard her read strange story after story        5
Of Jonah, Adam, Moses, Esau, Ruth,
Of Solomon’s old age and David’s youth—
Things haunting, tender, terrible or gory.
Still can I see the Queen of Sheba’s hair;
And all real lions are but mockery        10
To him who once knew Daniel’s; there’s no tree
That can with Eve’s great Paradise Tree compare:
A golden light gleamed through that ancient air
That leaves me homesick in modernity.
 
 
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