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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By H. W. Stewart
THE DIM-LIT river mirrors skimming swallows
Against the last of sunset’s fading gold,
And twilight shadows brim the waiting hollows
With quiet beauty that no words may hold.
Across my mind—unconjured, undirected—        5
Travel desires and dreams like mirrored buds.
Vague thought, and visions momently reflected,
Evading all my clumsy nets of words.
I am not indolent, but wherefore try
To net these in a rhyme, only to shiver        10
The jewels with the mirror? Let them fly
Like phantom swallows on the tranquil river,
And fade as fast—they are more beautiful
Than muddy stirrings on a troubled pool.

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