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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Give and Take
By John Gould Fletcher
 
From “Modern Lamentations”

I GAVE you everything:
My sorrows amused you and my fame.
You gave me everything again:
Care, suffering, shame.
 
I gave you everything;        5
I let you daub my love with filthy lust.
You gave me everything again:
Ashes and bitter dust.
 
I gave you everything:
Children, toil, gold.        10
You gave me everything again—
The purse of life is empty that I hold.
 
I gave you everything:
With jewels of song I made and left you fair.
You gave me everything again:        15
Old age, despair.
 
Now there is nothing more that I can give—
Useless to me now anything but the grave.
I shall pass out to the night, but you can live,
Unless you have flung away the things I gave.        20
 
 
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