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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Hunchback
By John Peale Bishop
I SAW a hunchback climb over a hill,
Carrying slops for the pigs to swill.
The snow was hard, the air was frore,
And he cast a bluish shadow before.
Over the frozen hill he came,        5
Like one who is neither strong nor lame;
And I saw his face as he passed me by,
And the hateful look of his dead-fish eye:
His face, like the face of a wrinkled child
Who has never laughed or played or smiled.        10
I watched him till his work was done;
And suddenly God went out of the sun,
Went out of the sun without a sound
But the great pigs trampling the frozen ground.
The hunchback turned and retracked the snows;        15
But where God’s gone, there’s no man knows.

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