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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Priapus
By H. D.
 
Keeper of Orchards

I SAW the first pear
As it fell.
The honey-seeking, golden-banded,
The yellow swarm
Was not more fleet than I,        5
(Spare us from loveliness!)
And I fell prostrate,
Crying,
“Thou hast flayed us with thy blossoms;
Spare us the beauty        10
Of fruit-trees!”
 
The honey-seeking
Paused not,
The air thundered their song,
And I alone was prostrate.        15
 
O rough-hewn
God of the orchard,
I bring thee an offering;
Do thou, alone unbeautiful
(Son of the god),        20
Spare us from loveliness.
 
The fallen hazel-nuts,
Stripped late of their green sheaths,
The grapes, red-purple,
Their berries        25
Dripping with wine,
Pomegranates already broken,
And shrunken figs,
And quinces untouched,
I bring thee as offering.        30
 
 
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