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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Please
By Dorothy Butts
 
From “The Passers-by”

GIVE me the old familiar things,
Though they be very plain:
The quaint old tune Joanna sings,
The small house in a lane,
Whose fragrance meets the open door;        5
The faded carpet on the floor,
The patient peace of furniture—
Familiar things I can endure.
 
I have been brave a long, long while,
Heard praise, and scorning afterward;        10
I have met eyes that did not smile,
And now I ask for my reward.
I know the panoramic strand
Of happiness, and grief’s sequence.
Rough grains have scratched my venturous hand.        15
I beg no tribute nor defence;
I only ask familiar things—
The quaint old tune Joanna sings.
 
 
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