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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
27. The Old Jew
 
By Maxwell Bodenheim
 
 
NO fawn-tinged hospital pajamas could cheat him of his austerity,
Which tamed even the doctors with its pure fire.
They examined him; made him bow to them:
Massive altars were they, at whose swollen feet grovelled a worshiper.
Then they laughed, half in scorn of him; and there came a miracle.        5
The little man was above them at a bound.
His austerity, like an irresistible sledge-hammer, drove them lower and lower:
They dwindled while he soared.
 

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