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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
There Was a Time
By Oscar Williams
From “Golden Darkness”

THERE was a time when I was shy and lonely,
  And stood in strange bewilderment apart;
And no one spoke to me, and silence only
  Would fold my songs into her tender heart.
There was a time when only windy darkness        5
  Would fan my dreams with glamoured loveliness.
But you have come, and nights are filled with starkness;
  And I am lonely for my loneliness.
Oh, you have come—and silence is a stranger,
  And darkness keeps aloof from my distress;        10
And you—oh, you are all too fraught with danger,
  And I am lonely for my loneliness.

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