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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Lost Kingdom
By Ethel Talbot Scheffauer
 
IN the dead city where the waning moon
  Lights the strange faces of the carven kings
With subtle smiles, and curiously each rune
  Upon the emeralds of their signet-rings
 
Paints with dull light—there upon each eyelid        5
  The weary-footed Sleep sits sorrowful,
And calm upon the painted pyramid
  The night-owl, with his blear eyes sad and dull
 
Keeps watch; and desert lions, hungry-eyed
  Prowl through the palaces all pale with gold        10
Under the moon; where, even as they died
  In some phantasmal ruin, centuries old,
 
Lie jewelled guards with golden scimitars
  And glorious women, wound with green and red,
So beautiful and evil under the stars,        15
  Not even the gray wolves rend them, fair and dead.
 
 
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