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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
43. To Celia
III. Songs Ascending
By Witter Bynner
LOVE has been sung a thousand ways—
  So let it be;
The songs ascending in your praise
Through all my days
  Are three.        5
Your cloud-white body first I sing;
  Your love was heaven’s blue,
And I, a bird, flew carolling
In ring on ring
  Of you.        10
Your nearness is the second song;
  When God began to be,
And bound you strongly, right or wrong,
With his own thong,
  To me.        15
But oh, the song, eternal, high,
  That tops these two!—
You live forever, you who die,
I am not I
  But you.        20


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