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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Splendid and Terrible
By Seumas O’Sullivan
 
SPLENDID and terrible your love.
The searing pinions of its flight
Flamed but a moment’s space above
The place where ancient memories keep
Their quiet; and the dreaming deep        5
Moved inly with a troubled light,
And that old passion woke and stirred
Out of its sleep.
 
Splendid and terrible your love.
I hold it to me like a flame;        10
I hold it like a flame above
The empty anguish of my breast.
There let it stay, there let it rest—
Deep in the heart whereto it came
Of old as some wind-wearied bird        15
Drops to its nest.
 
 
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