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The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942

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To One Who Preached

By Robert S. Warshow, '33

The Magpie, January 1933, v. 34, n. 2, p. 53.

Am I to blame if I have loved the night
Too well, and let the idle day go by
Unused? If I would gaze upon the sky
In darkness, when I vaguely catch the sight
Of things unknown and wonderful, what right
Has any man to question my desire?
If to ungodly beauties I aspire,
That's my affair, and will be mine, despite
This talk of what is good. The dark is cruel,
And slimy shadows that are dead, and cold
With centuries, have gripped my heart, and hold
It fast. I know the night is grim, old fool;
Yes, grim and beautiful! Go take your days,
And leave me to nocturnal dreams and ways.

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