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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Unknown
By Ellen Margaret Janson
From “Tableaux”

I AM the stir of garments that you heard
  Pass by you in the wood.
I am the lips that smile, but speak no word
  For evil or for good.
I am the voice that whispered in the long        5
  Sweet twilights of the spring.
I am the haunting music of the song
  I would not let you sing.
I am the finger beckoning in the street;
  The strife, and the reward;        10
The quivering joy that stabbed you with its sweet
  Sharper than any sword.
I am the dream that shines—a light apart,
  When other lights are spent.
I am the pain that grips and breaks your heart        15
  To save it from content!

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