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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Only Not to Be Too Early Old
By Lee Wilson Dodd
ONLY not to be too early old;
Only not to feel too soon the day
Emptied of all desire, unyielding gray;
Only not to sink too weary and cold
For fireside mirth, for friendly talk, for free        5
Soul-kindling thought “about it and about”;
Nay, I would rather end life in a rout,
Stricken low by folly, dropping with a laugh,
  Than creep thus tamely out
Trailing the tatters of my mystery        10
To the dull cadence of an epitaph.

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