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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
On First Looking into the Manuscript of Endymion
By Charles Hanson Towne
 
In Mr. Morgan’s Library

I DARED not dream that this dream had come true:
    That I was bending over that yellow page
    Lit with his words—our boy, our poet, our sage—
And that I touched the parchment, old yet new,
Whereon his fingers once had been. I grew        5
    Strangely afraid, as if some heritage
    Of wonder from a distant, holy age
Had suddenly fallen on me, like soft dew.
 
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever….” There
    I read his lovely line, what time I dipped        10
    Into that hushed and haunted manuscript
That love and time have made even lovelier.
    Oh, I could only dream; yea, dream and weep …
    Was it a vision?—Did I wake or sleep?
 
 
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