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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Ecce Mysterium
By Rebecca Park Lawrence
 
The voice of the city:
      Boy, there in the candle light
      Take your silver flute and sing.
      See! Outside the lamps are bright
      Burning, flashing, rioting.
 
      Sounds are in the city street—        5
      Take your silver flute and sing!
      Music of a million feet,
      Plodding, dancing, faltering.
 
The boy takes up his flute and points toward the river:
      Passers-by, O passers-by,
      Come to the rim of the windy sky!        10
 
      See you the silver, shimmering street
      Where the bricks and river meet?
      There’s the path I go to follow—oh, to follow!
      Up the dusk-dimmed mountain’s hollow,
      Where little roads lead higher, higher,        15
      Into the white, white heart of fire.
 
      Passers-by, O passers-by,
      Do you hear the sob in the wind-wide sky?
 
A hurdy-gurdy plays between the tenements, and a balloon man passes with bright red, blue and orange balloons tugging at their strings. The voice of the city—roaring:
      Boy, snuff out your candle light,
      Bid your flute now cease to sing.        20
      See!—outside the lamps are bright—
      Blazing, flashing, rioting.
 
 
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