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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
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By Charles R. Murphy
 
From “Growth”

OUT of a silence greater than all words;
Over the unspeakable, dumb,
Everlasting hills
With their muter herds;
Swifter than a blade that kills;        5
Mightier than prayer;
Fairer than the dawn
When some dew yet remains unbroken;
Stronger than despair;
From the unspoken to the spoken,        10
While the heart rests momently;
Lovely as the half-uttered words of a child,
More delicate, more mild;
Terrible as the torn breasts of anguish
When strong wills languish:        15
Suddenly, dreadfully, exquisitely,
Love, death, and God shall come.
 
 
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