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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Lill’ Angels
By Beatrice Ravenel
From “Tidewater”

MAMMY rocks the baby
  In the wallflower-colored gloom;
All the floor rocks with her,
  And the slumber of the room.
Like the broad, unceasing trade-wind,        5
  Like the rivers underground,
Rolls the universal rhythm
  And the rich, primeval sound:
        All de lill’ angels,
        All de baby’s angels,        10
            Swingin’ on de tree;
        Forty-one lill’ angel’,
        Fifty-two lill’ angel’,
        Sixty-fo’ lill’ angel’,
            Sebbenty-t’ree….        15
On the glory of the sundown,
  Of the wallflower-colored skies,
I can see her vast Assumption
  In a cloud of cherubs’ eyes.
With their gold-persimmon haloes        20
  Where the ripest sunlight falls,
And the cherub-tree’s espaliered
  On the winking crystal walls.
        Little yaller angels,
        Piccaninny angels,        25
            Chuckle on the tree.
        Forty-one lill’ angel’,
        Fifty-two lill’ angel’,
        Sixty-fo’ lill’ angel’,
            Se … ebbenty-t’ree….        30

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