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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
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By Allen Upward
 
LIKE a great sunset drawn beyond the sea,
  A visionary landscape framed in fire
  Of earthquake cities, toppling tower and spire
Downward through rifts and gulfs of phantasy.
 
So pass the memories of old love from me,        5
  Never to thrill again that inward lyre
  Aeolian, whose sad strains of sick desire
These grosser measures breathe imperfectly.
 
There is no love but first love; all beside
  Is passion’s lightning or affection’s moon.        10
I floated once on that triumphant tide.
 
But stranded now among the wrecks and spars
  I watch the night succeed the afternoon,
And bide my sleep beneath the ancient stars.
 
 
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