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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
“Fire and Sleet and Candle-light”
By Elinor Wylie
From “Still Colors”

FOR this you’ve striven,
  Daring, to fail:
Your sky is riven
  Like a tearing veil.
For this, you’ve wasted        5
  Wings of your youth;
Divined, and tasted
  Bitter springs of truth.
From sand unslakèd
  Twisted strong cords,        10
And wandered naked
  Among trysted swords.
There’s a word unspoken,
  A knot untied.
Whatever is broken        15
  The earth may hide.
The road was jagged
  Over sharp stones:
Your body’s too ragged
  To cover your bones.        20
The wind scatters
  Tears upon dust;
Your soul’s in tatters
  Where the spears thrust.
Your race is ended—        25
  See, it is run:
Nothing is mended
  Under the sun.
Straight as an arrow
  You fall to a sleep        30
Not too narrow
  And not too deep.

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