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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
I Come Singing
By H. Thompson Rich
Youth Answers the Call

NOT with the fear or the hot, swift fever of war,
But with the calm, sure courage of the right
I come—singing of youth’s far-visioned sight,
The dreams of youth so well worth dying for.
Not with the dread of one who finds no more        5
Than the guns’ rumble and the bloody fight,
And ruin and the long sleep under the night:
Adventure lures me like an open door!
I come as one who has found glorious waking
And goes supremely girded to the foe,        10
Knowing my songs have power to lay him low.
I come as one upon whose lips are breaking
Snatches of melodies beyond unmaking,
And in whose soul unalterable rhythms flow.

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