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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
When Helen Lived
By William Butler Yeats
 
WE have cried in our despair
That men desert,
For some trivial affair,
Or noisy, insolent sport,
Beauty that we have won        5
From bitterest hours;
Yet we, had we walked within
Those topless towers
Where Helen walked with her boy,
Had given, but as the rest        10
Of the men and women of Troy,
A word and a jest.
 
 
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