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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Love and the Bird
By William Butler Yeats
 
THE MOMENTS passed as at a play,
I had the wisdom love can bring,
I had my share of mother wit;
And yet for all that I could say,
And though I had her praise for it,        5
And she seemed happy as a king,
Love’s moon was withering away.
 
Believing every word I said
I praised her body and her mind,
Till pride had made her eyes grow bright,        10
And pleasure made her cheeks grow red,
And vanity her footfall light;
Yet we, for all that praise, could find
Nothing but darkness overhead.
 
I sat as silent as a stone        15
And knew, though she’d not said a word,
That even the best of love must die,
And had been savagely undone
Were it not that love, upon the cry
Of a most ridiculous little bird,        20
Threw up in the air his marvellous moon.
 
 
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