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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Mood
By Joseph Andrew Galahad
 
I AM sad for the beauty that is dead:
 
For the sunset that I saw tonight
As I walked on a hill.
For the tangle of clouds in the light
Where the rim of the sun was showing still.        5
 
For the breath of a lily slim and pale
That I brought from the forest yesterday.
For the song of a lark on an old fence rail;
For a ground-wren’s nest in the last year’s hay.
 
For three slim dogwoods on a mountain-side,        10
Like ghost trees whitely nodding at the grass;
For a field of buttercups upon a river bank—
For a jaybird jeering shrilly as we pass.
 
For a wild rose by an alder tree—
For a ginger bloom more fragrant than the rose.        15
For a swallow sailing by with sapphire wings
Where a waterlily in the shallows grows.
 
For all the things that are passing and are fair;
For the shortness of the hour that gave them birth.
For the paucity of human hearts that care;        20
For all the things that are only of the earth.
 
I am sad for the beauty that is dead.
 
 
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