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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Mocking-bird
By Witter Bynner
 
From “Presences”

AN arrow, feathery, alive,
  He darts and sings;
Then with a sudden skimming dive
  Of striped wings
He finds a pine and, debonair,        5
  Makes with his mate
All birds that ever rested there
  Articulate.
 
The whisper of a multitude
  Of happy wings        10
Is round him, a returning brood,
  Each time he sings.
Though heaven be not for them or him
  Yet he is wise,
And daily tiptoes on the rim        15
  Of paradise.
 
 
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