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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Human Speech
By Samuel Roth
 
I KNOW the shady moving of its waves
Circling old shores of thought all solemnly;
Its loves and hates; its moods storm-taught and free.
For like the sea it hides a million graves
Beneath an iron gleam that darkly braves        5
The sun and storm. It heaves too like the sea,
Full of its life, and flees to Memory
Even as she flees to her shaggy caves.
Three massive silences creation’s Lord
Wrought in the heart of life: before the birth        10
The silence of the dead stirring again;
The hush of Love wielding a flaming sword
Which holds the swerving passions of the earth;
And the great silence in the speech of men.
 
 
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