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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Sonnetina: Punch and Judy
By Ernest Rhys
 
THIS is the play of plays. Come, boys,
  Old men, and little girls, and see
  The rogue outdone in roguery,
And hear his lovely dreadful noise!
There is a catch in Punch’s voice        5
  When he escapes the gallows-tree,
  That takes the heart outrageously
And makes the rascal street rejoice.
This is that antic play that made
  The mummy laugh (when he had blood),        10
    That shall outlive the tragedy
In time of war with sables played:
  The beggar’s masque, and gamin’s mood;
    The first, last laugh of comedy.
 
 
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