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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Debt
By Jessie MacDonald
    GOD, take my hand
    And understand:
I have it here, the lovely gift;
I cannot lift
    My fluttering eyes,        5
    Without receiving there, anew,
I cannot part my lips—
Your breath between them slips.
    My ears awake        10
    Fair noises take.
Ah, all of me unites,
And wraps round thy delights.
    God, take my hand,
    And understand:        15
I cannot pay the lovely gift—
I am adrift.
    My tearful eyes,
    In spite of all the light they would
    Devise,        20
Betray my laughing lips,
Where thankful utterance trips.
    Yet, for your sake,
    The gift I take—
Take, but can give no grace        25
Here in my lonely place.

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