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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Drinker
By H. Thompson Rich
TIRED of the world and weary of its ways,
Lonely and old and broken now, he nods
Among the idols he mistook for gods,
A ruin in the wreck of yesterdays.
And since his mad past must be hung in haze,        5
Since he must fog his senses lest he think
How youth and hope and all were lost in drink,
Since he must never know how high he pays,
He sits and sips and gives himself to dreams,
Fond dreams wherein he sees himself again        10
The lad who thought that life was all it seems.
And now there is a glory in his eyes;
Forgotten are the bitterness and pain
Of the rue years—this is his paradise.

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