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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Orchard
By John Towner Frederick
 
THE SWIFTNESS of blown youth, swiftness of death,
Are in the orchard bloom and blossom-fall.
And in a little while is none at all
Of this cool-flaming glory. Like a breath
Blown on the pane, it fades without a trace        5
To dim new leaves that hide the nesting bird.
I think there is not any quickest word
So swift as beauty’s passing from its place.
 
Yet we who dwell in love beneath this bough
Know neither fading nor the falling flower.        10
Our immortality is all-secure
As Beauty’s, ruling still the Then and Now,
Careless what fleeting error stains the hour—
Child of the fragile phantoms that endure.
 
 
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