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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Little Town
By Grace Hazard Conkling
 
Written in Germany

O LITTLE town of memories,
So brown and golden in the light,
Do you remember one who sees
You beckon, day and night?
 
There is a sweet French town that broods        5
Dove-grey upon a rounded hill,
Whose peopled streets were solitudes
To me, a wanderer still.
 
And in the South a white town sleeps:
Carven of ivory it seems:        10
But a man’s heart perversely keeps
Such beauty for his dreams.
 
The rosiest, cosiest town I know
Is this above the rushing Rhine:
Here might he stay who could not go        15
Home to a town like mine.
 
They do not know you, little town,
Who say that all roads lead to Rome:
I’ve tramped the broad world up and down,
And every road leads home.        20
 
 
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