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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
They March through the Streets of Paris
By Cloyd Head
 
From “War Sequence”

AMERICA
Can it be, my country, that in you
The dream men dared not dream, is true?
I know not what the old men seek:
Youth!—steadily tramping, eight abreast,        5
The Rainbow Division, “Pershing’s Crusaders”—marching
Past the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli:
They go to defense of unknown Picardy.
 
The black-garbed throng and the men in olive-drab, passing;
The acclaim and—deeper still for those who hear—the song        10
Of silent voices, rising; the birth of a new music in the world,
Brought by the men of many nations
Come from a new home wrought in a new-máde land.
 
O France, again the debt—but this debt greater;
For to us you bring, after yourself have bled,        15
The will to suffering—not in a selfish cause.
I know not what the old men seek:
Never to them, always to Youth, you speak,
By being—France!
We come, youth of America, youth dedicate!—        20
A nation among nations, humble before the hope
Of freedom, proudly to create
Our own tradition there—in Picardy.
 
 
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