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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Sister of the Rose
By Orrick Johns
 
WHEN I love thee, O Beloved, it is with joy,
And laughter and song and sun;
And when I leave thee, O Beloved,
Thou art not away …
For I am gathering cherries in the tree-tops of thy meditation.        5
 
Thou art always with me, O Beloved, in terror and peace,
For thou sweepest through me like a great wind;
And thou leavest no dust behind nor anything foreign,
But pathways, pathways!—
That thy thoughts have followed.        10
 
I care not whether it be up or down, the way I go with thee,
For always it has a flower in the grass,
And a tree overhead;
And the stream of thy laughter flows ever along …
Oh, the slope of thy bosom is covered with clover in the morning!        15
 
Give me thy great flowers, O Beloved,
That open boldly to the moon!
And the strong sweep of the flood
Thou hidest in the ravines of thy sleep!
 
Thou art a daughter of the lightning,        20
And a sister of the rose;
Thy kisses are as keen as the grass at midnight,
And thy tenderness a bowl of new milk.
 
 
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