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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Masseur
By Joseph Warren Beach
 
From “Dry Points”

IN a chamber choked with shadows
  The dim light overhead
Reveals a ghostly figure
  Bent down above my bed;
A figure dim and priestly,        5
  Soft-footed and discreet,
With sacramental beard and eyes
  Above his winding sheet.
 
His eyes are close and narrow
  And shaded from the light,        10
But something strange and eerie
  Yet glitters to my sight.
His voice is soft and toneless,
  With a hint of faraway
Uncanny resonances heard        15
  Beyond our night and day.
 
His fingers strong and skilful,
  That follow every curve,
Wake quivers of sensation
  In each remotest nerve.        20
And ever, as he passes
  His palms along my skin,
He goes on speaking grave and still
  Of Satan and of sin.
 
And out of the prophet Daniel        25
  And out of John the seer,
He proves the Second Coming
  And how it draweth near.
He strips the scarlet woman
  And lays the dragon bare,        30
And shows me Armageddon red
  About us everywhere.
.  .  .  .  .
His voice grows faint and fainter.
  His face I cannot see.
A flush of warmth and drowsiness        35
  Flows up and covers me.
My waking soul goes under
  In gradual eclipse …
I sleep, and dream of judgment day,
  And dread Apocalypse.        40
 
 
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