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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Child Asleep
By Elizabeth Madox Roberts
 
From “Under the Tree”

AND I looked for him everywhere
  Because I wanted him to play;
And then I found him on his bed
  Asleep, but it was day.
 
His eyes were shut behind the lids—        5
  He couldn’t lift them up to see.
And I looked at him very long,
  And something in him looked at me.
 
And he was something like a cat
  That is asleep, and like a dog;        10
Or like a thing that’s in the woods
  All day behind a log.
 
And then I was afraid of it,
  Of something that was sleeping there.
I didn’t even say his name,        15
  But I came down the stair.
 
 
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