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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
To One Unknown
By Oscar Williams
From “Under the Sun”

I PASS you by in the public street,
  O beautiful one, O wind of gladness!
You are a call to me, a promise of mystery,
  Of delirium and aching madness.
I pass you by in the public street—        5
  You are a challenge, O entrancer!
I am a boy, afraid, and I pass you by,
  Though my heart is breaking to answer!
I pass you by—but the memory of you
  Is as a breath from some strange world crying,        10
As a scent of oranges in the nostrils of the sick,
  As music in the ears of the dying.

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