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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Magicians and the Gods
By Lyon Sharman
 
From “Designs in Chinese Color”

“MAGICIANS fear the gods,” old Chung would say;
  “They will brazen it out with you and me,
  Beating us down with mystery;
  They will falter and fail, grovel and pray,
  If they meet a god at a turn in the way.”        5
 
“Magicians know the gods,” old Chung would say;
  “Though a god should come in a ragged gown
  Begging his rice through the dust of the town,
  They will fumble their magic, fall flat and pray,
  Should a god in rags come strolling their way.”        10
 
 
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