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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
To a Child
By Florence K. Mixter
 
I
YOU are my silent laughter;
  You are my unshed tears;
You are the elfin wonder
  Of my ecstasy and fears.
 
You are my heart that dances;        5
  You are my soul that leaps.
You have hidden the key of the lonely room
  Where my troubled spirit sleeps.
 
II
Dear changeling, how I love your smile!—
  Fleet as a timid fawn        10
It breaks upon me suddenly
  And with a flash is gone.
 
It’s hardly like a smile at all,
  More like a blinding light
That darts across the starless sky—        15
  A fire-fly of the night.
 
 
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