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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Scarlet Thread
By Charles Hamilton Musgrove
WITH scarlet threads she hung her house,
  That Israel’s hosts might know
Where dwelt the harlot, Rahab, on
  The walls of Jericho.
The foeman came with sword and spear,        5
  The ram’s horn blew a blast,
And o’er the fallen parapets
  The tribes exultant passed.
Their red fires laid the city low,
  Their red swords drank its blood;        10
But when they passed the harlot’s house
  They looked and understood.
For she had shared with Israel’s spies
  Her roof and flaxen bed,
And fire and sword passed by the house        15
  Where hung the scarlet thread.
Poor Rahab! Up and down the world
  Your outcast daughters go,
With lives to sell like yours upon
  The walls of Jericho.        20
And though the world shall know them not
  As mother, maid or wife,
Their scarlet threads shall cling for aye
  Unto the House of Life.

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