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

TREES have a gesture of departure,
    Yet forever stay;
Into what eager land they’d travel
    No man may say.
 
In the spring they stand on tip-toe;        5
    Yet, self-willed, remain
In autumn to let earthward
    Their hopes like rain.
 
Yet forever a new spring cometh,
    And their muteness swells        10
To the voice of one long risen
    For long farewells;
 
Who with steps of eternal patience,
    In eternal quest,
Would venture a truth too lofty        15
    To be expressed;
 
Whose heart at times is burdened,
    When no dream consoles,
With a heritage too mighty
    For rooted souls.        20
 
 
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