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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Bernard Raymund
I’VE been with old men
Shadowy and slow,
Men dead and buried
A long while ago;
But the songs that they sang me,        5
Grave songs and sweet,
Held me the whole day
Stretched at their feet.
Fire danced, and water
Whirled to the tune;        10
Laughter went ringing
Down the long noon.
But oh, what I loved most
Was not song at all!
Not the rich cadence,        15
The silvery fall
Of passionless voices
Kept me in thrall;
But the unquenched ardor,
Pitying, wise,        20
That lit their frail features
And flamed in their eyes
With a flame that transfigured
Starlight and dew—
The deep peace of old men        25
When singing is through.

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