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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Liberty
By David Greenhood
 
WANTONLY I’ve been a freed man!
In a weary, checked freedom;
 
Far from the spinning in the pure blue of air,
Out of the hymnal curve of worlds.
 
And I wish I were caught by an orbit in tune        5
With the choral serfdom of stars.
 
Here, beneath the tree-tops even, I find
Among meadowing sheep random more sure than mine—
 
More sure than the frolic of pennies
And the eddy of men in the streets.        10
 
Hear, O Democracy:
Unless I be captive to rhythm
I am least free;
Unless the rose can hold me meek,
Or tiredness of dusk put me to sleep,        15
Unless I be creature of the morning,
Sheep of a shepherd,
 
I am gone far astray in liberty—
Homesick beyond song.
 
 
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