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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Bilbea
By Carl Sandburg
 
From “Assyrian Tablets”
From the Fourth Millennium, B.C.—(Free translation)

SHAMASH,
If he knows copper hair
And blood-flower lips,
Shamash watches you
For my sake.        5
 
Bilbea, I was in Babylon on Saturday night.
I saw nothing of you anywhere.
I was at the old place and the other girls were there,
But no Bilbea.
 
Have you gone to another house? or city?        10
Why don’t you write?
I was sorry—I walked home half-sick.
 
Tell me how it goes.
Send me some kind of a letter.
And take care of yourself.        15
 
 
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