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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Tapestry
By Richard Butler Glaenzer
 
  O BYGONE raptures, bygone tortures,
Why have you become no more
Than the colors and the shadows
Of a distant faded tapestry …
Wrinkled by a breeze?        5
 
  Lifted by tenderness, I have sung:
“This shall wing me through dusk,
Lighten the anguish of death.”
 
  Stunned by betrayal, I have groaned:
“This shall darken the dawn,        10
Stab me with every sunbeam,
Lame me so long as I live.”
 
  And now you are no more mine
Than the colors and the shadows
Of a distant faded tapestry …        15
Wrinkled by a breeze.
 
  Yet I continue to spend hours
Figuring what lies beyond—
A window, a doorway or a wall.
 
 
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