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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
An Impression
By Richard Burton
THE ARCHING skies, the ancient wind
Soughing through immemorial trees;
The sense of all that lurks behind
The year’s now tattered masonries,
Where the blithe birds once built their home        5
High in the air-sweet, leafy dome.
Then, the lone figure of a girl
Clear-limned against the buttressed hills;
Slim, beautiful, a tiny pearl
Set round with ruby light that fills        10
The all-illumined spaces where
No dark may creep nor shadow dare.
Not for an earldom would I break
The silence of yon dreaming maid;
I could not play her soul awake        15
With Love’s most magic serenade;
Her thought holds secrets hid from me,
Deeper than mortal minstrelsy.

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