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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Charmian’s Song
By Aline Kilmer
I’M glad I have but a little heart—
  For my heart is very small:
It makes it free to come and go,
  And no one cares at all.
I give my heart for a tender look,        5
  For a gentle word or touch;
And the one who has it never knows,
  And it does not hurt me much.
If my heart were great and I gave it away,
  Then all the world would see;        10
But my heart is only a little thing
  And it does not trouble me.
I may give my little heart unseen,
  It is so small and light;
And only very wakeful things        15
  Can hear it cry at night.

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