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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Song of the Cossack
By Florence Randal Livesay
 
From “Slavic Songs”

HEAVILY hangs the rye
  Bent to the trampled ground;
While brave men fighting die
  Through blood the horses bound.
 
Under the white-stemmed tree        5
  A Cossack bold is slain—
They lift him tenderly
  Into the ruined grain.
 
Someone has borne him there,
  Someone has put in place        10
A scarlet cloth, with prayer,
  Over the up-turned face.
 
Softly a girl has come—
  Dove-like she looks; all gray—
Stares at the soldier dumb        15
  And, crying, goes away.
 
Then, swift, another maid—
  Ah, how unlike she is!—
With grief and passion swayed
  Gives him her farewell kiss.        20
 
The third one does not cry,
  Caresses none has she;
“Three girls thy love flung by—
  Death rightly came to thee!”
 
 
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