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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Child’s Quest
By Frances Shaw
From “Songs”

MY mother twines me roses wet with dew;
Oft have I sought the garden through and through;
I cannot find the tree whereon
My mother’s roses grew.
    Seek not, O child, the tree        5
    Whereon thy mother’s roses grew.
My mother tells me tales of noble deeds;
Oft have I sought her book when no one heeds;
I cannot find the page, alas,
From which my mother reads.        10
    Seek not, O child, to find the page
    From which thy mother reads.
My mother croons me songs all soft and low,
Through the white night where little breezes blow;
Yet never when the morning dawns,        15
My mother’s songs I know.
    Seek not, O child, at dawn of day
    Thy mother’s songs to know.

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