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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
O Bitter Day
By Mary Aldis
O PALE small face
I saw a moment in a throng of men,
  I am bereft, I am alone!
I seek, but nowhere find again
  Your startled grace,        5
  O pale, small face.
O fearful heart,
Forever questioning, forever dumb,
  I weary of your sick mistrust!
Why do you bolt the door when love would come?        10
  Go dwell apart,
  O fearful heart!
O bitter day—
When you looked and passed, you of the pale small face,
  You of the sweet tormented eyes,        15
The eager tread, the startled grace!
  Yet I said no word to make you stay—
  O bitter, bitter day!

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