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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Alchemy
By Florence Kilpatrick Mixter
 
THEY had no souls, the envious ones!
They were blind to your heart’s beauty,
Deaf to your spirit’s voice,
And dumb in the presence of your holiness.
But they felt a vague warmth        5
In their cold hands
As you passed.
And so they reached out
For your flaming soul;
Throwing it on their own dead altar-fires,        10
Warming their numb fingers in the golden flame
That rose to Heaven,
Flickered,
And went out.
Somewhere, among the scattered ashes,        15
Lies the matrix-stone
Of your imperishable beauty.
 
 
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