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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Standards
By Harold Cook
 
ALL things that are beautiful
Fragile, mute and sensual,
 
Must be broken ere they be
Clad in immortality.
 
Slanting sunlight on the grass        5
Vanishes while clouds pass.
 
Like bright mirrors, lakes at rest
Shatter on a swan’s breast.
 
Quiet water and the sun
Only then are known to one,        10
 
Only then, when lost, they find
Their actuality in mind.
 
So, like sunlight, love must go
That love’s perfection we may know.
 
One must die, and then the other        15
Of the two, the loved and lover.
 
Freed of separate bodies, they
Are born as one in their new day.
 
Symbol then of love they rise
Starry, lovely, to our eyes.        20
 
 
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