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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Elizabeth J. Coatsworth
From “Vermilion Seals”

AT dusk a fox had run across my path,
And disappeared with smiling, wicked eyes.
It was so dark I could not see my way
Though all the fields were filled with fireflies.
And every tree had but one thing to breathe        5
Among its leaves—the words of an old song,
“At fifteen even a devil’s a thistle-bloom.”
The rice was murmurous as I went along;
Then in the darkness something brushed my sleeve,
White hands reached out to touch me in the gloom.        10
Her words were like the bright quick fireflies,
“At fifteen even a devil’s a thistle-bloom.”

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