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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
144. Star-Magic
By Richard Butler Glaenzer
THOUGH your beauty be a flower
Of unimagined loveliness,
It cannot lure me tonight;
For I am all spirit.
As in the billowy oleander,        5
Each blossom is all but lost
In the next—
One flame in a glow
Of green-veined rhodonite;        10
So is heaven a crystal magnificence
Of stars
Powdered lightly with blue.
For this one night
My spirit has turned honey-moth        15
And has made of the stars
Its flowers.
So all uncountable are the stars
That heaven shimmers as a web,
Bursting with light        20
From beyond,
A light exquisite,
For this one night
My spirit has dared, and been caught        25
In the web of the stars.
Though your beauty were a net
Of unimagined power,
It could not hold me tonight;
For I am all spirit.        30


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