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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Prayer
By Clifford Franklin Gessler
 
From “The Villager”

O THOU elemental
Rain, sun, and body of the quick warm earth:
Hear these words from the cells of thy blood,
Multitudinous, various!
 
Let the waters at the dim roots of the grass be sweet,        5
And the milk be abundant in the breasts of time—
Yet a little while, till the pearl-gray banners of smoke
Be dissolved, and the flowing of rivulets be but a distant murmur
In the shout and the far white splendor of thy coming.
 
Let thy kindness be as a wide white blanket covering all        10
The brave inglorious futile race of men
Who lift tired eyes ever to sad stars
More desolate
Than the wind-harrowed wastes of ocean,
Whence comes no answer.        15
And after our futile striving, give us
Peace.
 
 
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