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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Oblivion
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
 
  NEAR the great pyramid, unshadowed, white,
With apex piercing the white noon-day blaze,
Swathed in white robes beneath the blinding rays,
Lie sleeping Bedouins drenched in white-hot light.
About them, searing to the tingling sight,        5
Swims the white dazzle of the desert ways,
Where the sense shudders, witless and adaze,
In a white void with neither depth nor height.
 
  Within the black core of the pyramid,
Beneath the weight of sunless centuries,        10
Lapt in dead night King Cheops lies asleep:
Yet in the darkness of his chamber hid
He knows no black oblivion more deep
Than that blind white oblivion of noon skies.
 
 
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