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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
At Versailles
By Elizabeth Coatsworth
 
From “Cockle Shells”

I HAVE watched the hours pass along the walks of Versailles
Among the drifting autumn leaves:
Madame Four-O’Clock a tumble of silken skirts and smiles,
On a donkey her lover lured forward with brown southern pears.
Madame Five-O’Clock, pouting among the petunias;        5
Flower-face, flower-hands, flower-breasts barely sheathed in her bodice.
Madame Six-O’Clock languishing by a balustrade,
Her thin yellow hand on the head of a black page.
And Madame Seven, a white shadow among the tree-trunks,
As still and as arch as the statues upon their pedestals.        10
 
 
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