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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
If My Mother Knew
By Grace Fallow Norton
 
IF my mother knew
How our doves at dawn
Shake me with their wings,
Wild, bewildered, wan,
When the white star sings        5
And they would be gone:
 
Would she from her sleep
Rise and look afar,
Past our fold and keep,
To that pulsing star?        10
 
If my mother knew
How the heath in flower,
With its faint perfume
At the twilight hour,
Fills my little room        15
Like some lady’s bower:
 
Would she from the hearth
Rise and look again,
Past our piteous dearth
To the purpling plain?        20
 
If my mother knew
How my heart will beat
With the hope of hands,
For the fall of feet,
Though no pilgrim bands        25
Find our narrow street:
 
Would she from the loom
Rise, remembering so
How the heart must roam?
Then—would she let me go?        30
 
 
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