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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Hawks
By James Stephens
 
AND as we walked the grass was faintly stirred;
    We did not speak—there was no need to speak.
Above our heads there flew a little bird,
    A silent one who feared that we might seek
Her hard-hid nest.        5
 
Poor little frightened one!
    If we had found your nest that sunny day
We would have passed it by; we would have gone
    And never looked or frightened you away.
 
O little bird! there’s many have a nest,        10
    A hard-found, open place, with many a foe;
And hunger and despair and little rest,
    And more to fear than you can know.
 
      Shield the nests where’er they be,
      On the ground or on the tree;        15
      Guard the poor from treachery.
 
 
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