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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Death and the Jester
By Ernest Rhys
BLACK crow, art thou come
For Dagonet’s wit?
It is quick as the light
Or the dragon-fly’s dart.
It is born in a smile,        5
It is bred in the heart,
It is light, it is laughter.
It took life when Eve laughed
At the lion-cub’s play;
It slept then awhile,        10
When her sorrow came after
With the son of the snake.
Eve’s joy was my mother,
Not Eve’s sorrow;
And the bird is my brother        15
That sings as he may.
In the close of my day,
Lies curl’d up the morrow
Like the fox in his bed.
And my wit, if I die,        20
Yet shall wake and shall fly—
Take music and live
When Dagonet’s dead.

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