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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Beside the Master
By Joseph Walleser
  GOD spoke to me to-day.
Clearly I heard Him speak,
And yet I could not understand.
  Since death withdrew a hand that lay in mine,
Sad had I been for everything;        5
For I had seen,
As all men sometime see,
The one dark flaw in rosy dawn.
  In need thereafter was I fain
To pluck a comfort from my days:        10
That I might love what would not die,
In whatsoever I had need to do
I sought for beauty.
  But now to-day,
Not many moments since,        15
I stood where I beheld the birth of moths.
I saw them born in suffering;
I saw their beauty;
I saw them die;
One brief hour passed        20
Between their birth and death.
  Therein God spoke to me:
With how much pain he labors,
How delicate His workmanship,
How careless He to cast away!        25
  I cannot understand
What He would have me know.

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