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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Immortality
By John H. Gavin
 
I AM immortal as a burst of song,
That quivers from the thrush’s throat
And sinks to silence.
 
I am immortal as the kiss of love,
That wakes the world to melody,        5
And leaves a memory.
 
I am immortal as the laughing hour,
That throws her leaven on the sodden heart—
And trips away.
 
I am immortal as the purple dusk,        10
That drugs the weary brain to dreams,
And fades.
 
I am immortal as the wind of March,
That woos the barren earth to life—
And passes.        15
 
I am immortal as the stubborn hills,
That breast the storms of centuries,
And wear to sand.
 
I am immortal as the living sun,
That flames a moment in eternity,        20
And sputters out.
 
 
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