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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Tepid Hour
By Eunice Tietjens
From “Facets”

IN such a tepid night as this
  Strange formless sorrowings lie hid,
Like melancholy in a kiss,
  Like what we dreamed in what we did—
In such a tepid night as this.        5
From out some shadowy depths of me
  Vague longings struggle, dreamer-wise.
They stir and moan uneasily,
  Then sleep again, too weak to rise
From out those shadowy depths of me.        10
Life holds me by so frail a thread
  That scarce I feel the drag of it.
Alive I seem, and yet half dead.
  But quick or dead I care no whit,
Life holds me by so frail a thread.        15
I would not snap the thread, and yet
  Light as it is I grudge its hold.
’Twere broken with no more regret
  Than lingers round a love grown old.
I would not snap the thread, and yet…..        20

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