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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Sic Passim
By Joseph Andrew Galahad
 
The Angel.    NOW here’s the road to Allencourt,
    And here’s the road to Tyre.
    And he who goes to Allencourt
    Is purged of all desire.
 
The Youth.    But what of him who goes to Tyre,        5
    Among the cedar trees?
The Angel.    Why, he who goes to Tyre has none
    But just himself to please.
 
    While he who goes to Allencourt
    Across the Hills of Pain        10
    Must love his fellow very well,
    And count no thing as gain
 
    That wounds another. He must keep
    His eyes upon the crest
    Of that high hill, where he at last        15
    Through virtue shall find rest.
 
The Youth.    But what of him who goes to Tyre,
    Along the road of ease?
The Angel.    Why, he who goes to Tyre has none
    But just himself to please;        20
 
    While he who goes to Allencourt,
    And does not lose his way
    Among the thorns and brambles, comes
    To rich reward some day.
 
The Old Man.    Ah, why are thorns and brambles set        25
    To make the road a care?
The Angel.    Why, man himself, most carelessly,
    Has placed the brambles there.
 
The Youth.    But what of him who goes to Tyre
    Beside the sunny seas?        30
The Angel.    Why, he who goes to Tyre has none
    But just himself to please.
 
The Old Man.    And what’s the toll to Allencourt?
The Youth.    And what’s the toll to Tyre?
The Angel.    Why, he who goes to Allencourt        35
    Is purged of all desire.
 
    The toll is love—a brother’s love—
    For man in full sincerity.
    And all the peace that God has willed
    Is the reward—eternally.        40
 
    But toll upon the other road
    Is crucible of burn and freeze:
    For he who goes to Tyre has none
    But just himself to please.
 
    While he who goes to Allencourt        45
    Is purged of all desire …
The Old Man.    Lord, lead me on to Allencourt!
The Youth.    For me, I go to Tyre.
 
 
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