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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Gardens There Were
By Leslie Nelson Jennings
 
GARDENS there were, and faces clear as agate,
And words I have forgotten how to speak.
A thousand people pass … I have forgotten
The things I might have said, the things I seek.
 
Roses there were—a very sea of roses;        5
Zithers, the sudden drawing of a breath,
And something passionate throbbing in the moonlight—
Can we remember passion after death?
 
Gardens there were, and something that was hidden
Deeper than water coursing in the earth …        10
Beauty had filled my open hands with silver …
There is a death made manifest in birth!
 
Roses there were … In many a clear dusk sweetened
With frost, or washed with some quick gust of rain,
I have smelled roses, and the old, old longing        15
For those lost faces comes to me again.
 
Zithers and roses, and the words forgotten;
Faces that were as delicate as stone
Hewn from the hills of Greece … A thousand people
Pass me, and yet I know I am alone.        20
 
 
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