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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Gentle Housewife
By Rosamond Langbridge
THERE’S the first white butterfly dancing abroad!
There are wild wind-flowers dotting the sward;
There are wild green breakers combing the bay;
There’s a red ferret darting over the way!
But I am chiding the children for being so wild;        5
I am chiding the nurse for chiding the child;
I am careful to lay down tea-leaves in the hall;
I am gazing at that spot of mildew on the wall—
        And my heart is breaking, breaking,
            With the hatred of it all!        10

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