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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Earth-clasp
By Witter Bynner
From “Presences”

  WHETHER you fled from me not to have less
Of love but to have all without a night
Too much, like one who moves a cup which might
Brim over with the mounting of excess,
Or whether you had felt in my caress        5
The fingertips of surfeit and of blight
Attempting love, or whether your quick flight
Was to another love, I will not guess.
  I touch the pillow that has touched your head,
And the brief candle that has lighted you        10
Sheds bleak and ashen light upon a face
As absent as the moon … till to replace
Your vanished arms, earth beckons me anew,
And in her clasp something of you is dead.

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