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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Lover—In Strawberry Time
By Florence Randal Livesay
 
From “Slavic Songs”

While I pick the berries sweet
  In the woods near where you live,
Oh, Kohanka, let us meet
  Happiness to me you’ll give.
 
Kokhanits, I’ve much to do,        5
  I’ve no time to roam about—
Not an hour to play with you
  Lest my fire may go out.
 
Oh, Kohanka, how you slave!
  You would surely lose your life        10
If forevermore you gave
  All your time to clean a knife.
 
I was born, O vagrant one,
  Not to sit in rocking-chair;
Happier I when all is done        15
  Than a rich man’s daughter fair.
 
She has but her hair to curl—
  I make all things fair to see.
Work has never killed a girl;
  Work will never finish me.        20
 
 
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