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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Socialist’s Marriage
By Sarah N. Cleghorn
INTO the sunless office
Of the impoverished Onward
Where sat a frugal tailor,
Long risen before his shop-bell,
Painfully writing leaders        5
For the beloved propaganda—
Entered a sound of singing,
A gust of fresh air blowing;
And past the presses walking,
A bride in a bright white dress.        10
Herself like early woodflowers,
So thrilling, pale and fragrant,
Unveiled she was and barefoot.
Her hair was bright and burning,
Her shadowy eyes most tender.        15
As thus the orphan Poverty
Came to her long-trothed lover,
I think I saw before them
The shadow of Saint Francis
Rise up to be their groomsman.        20

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