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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Cabaret Dancer
By Hermann Hagedorn
BREATHE not the word Tomorrow in her ears.
  Tomorrow is for men who send their ships
  Over the sea to moor at alien slips;
For dreamers, dawdlers, martyrs, pioneers,
Not for this golden mote. To her appears        5
  No hovering dark that prophesies eclipse.
  Grace of the swallow in the swaying hips,
Heart of the swallow, knowing not the years!
Breathe not a word of beauty that shall fade,
  Of lagging steps, of bare and lonely sorrow        10
    On roads that other dancing feet have found
Beyond the grove where life with laughter played.
  Breathe not a word of that grim land Tomorrow,
    Lest she should quake to ashes at the sound.

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