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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Old Town
By Edward Sapir
 
From “Backwater”

OH, let me not enter the old town,
  The straggling street!
Oh, I fear, I fear the going down
  On stumbling feet!
 
Oh, let me not grope down the dim way        5
  To the pitchy sea,
Unlit of a moon or a dim ray
  Through a cavernous tree.
 
All, all they will take from me
  By the black shore;        10
The ancients will steal me silently
  The purple I wore.
 
They will steal my love, they will steal my hate,
  I shall tremble bare;
They will make my body cold and straight        15
  And lay me there
 
Where my childhood sleeps forever and ever.
  Oh, I fear,
I fear the town that ever and ever
  I’m coming near.        20
 
 
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