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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Voice
By Sara Teasdale
 
From “Memories”

ATOMS as old as stars,
Mutation on mutation,
Millions and millions of cells
Dividing, yet still the same;
From air and changing earth,        5
From ancient Eastern rivers,
From turquoise tropic seas,
Unto myself I came.
 
My spirit, like my flesh,
Sprang from a thousand sources,        10
From cave-man, hunter and shepherd,
From Karnak, Cyprus, Rome;
The living thoughts in me
Spring from dead men and women
Forgotten time out of mind        15
And many as bubbles of foam.
 
Here for a moment’s space
Into the light out of darkness,
The many in one are mingled,
Finding words with my breath;        20
Like a great voice in me
I hear them shout: “Forever
Seek for Beauty—she only
Fights with man against death.”
 
 
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