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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
IV: Re-birth
By Louise Ayres Garnett
 
From “Resurgam”

I FEEL my spirit stir and half awake,
Then look in bright bewilderment at dawn.
O waking past all dreaming!
O Love Imperious that hast called me forth from out my valley’s shadow!
 
A mighty whirlwind, breath of the living God,        5
Sweeps from beyond the barricades of night, and, stooping low,
Lifts me from out my dust and sets me free.
I feel the Power that moors me to Itself;
That keeps the rhythmic pattern of the stars;
That spins, like a fiery plaything in the air,        10
The earth that was my home.
My hour is great with leisure;
My day is manifest.
O clamorous world!—thy wasting fires
Have burned themselves to ashes.        15
O foolish pomp!—thy futile stride
As an image in a glass has passed away.
Time’s mystery and menace are resolved:
The Now of Man is God’s Forevermore.
 
My heart is as a forest treed with wonder.        20
The cymbals of my joyance make a stirring sound,
My singing shakes the day.
I know myself at last:
Thou, glorious One, hast revealed me to myself.
As new-born planets sang in ecstasy,        25
So sing the voices of my thankfulness.
I praise Thee!
I glorify Thee!
Thou art the Singer, man Thy Song;
My spirit on its summit shouts Thy name!        30
 
O Singer, Who hast sent me forth,
I am returned to Thee!
 
 
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