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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Heart Knoweth Its Own Bitterness
By Aline Kilmer
 
THE HEART knoweth? If this be true indeed,
  Then the thing that I bear in my bosom is not a heart,
For it knows no more than a hollow, whispering reed
      That answers to every wind.
  I am sick of the thing. I think we had better part.        5
 
My heart would come to any piper’s calling—
  A fool in motley that dances for any king;
But my body knows, and its tears unbidden falling
      Say that my heart has sinned.
  You would have my heart? You may. I am sick of the thing.        10
 
 
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