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

THERE are porcelains a-plenty wrought by skill,
  Hard as jade, sweet-toned as a bell,
  In a hundred shapes that tradesfolk sell:
  Wine-cups, rice-bowls, lanterns, plates,
  Tea-pots, snuff-bottles, vases with mates.        5
There are porcelains a-plenty wrought by skill.
 
There are porcelains made by no man’s will—
  Miracles, they, of the kiln and fire,
  Outwitting dreams, outrunning desire;
  Fashioned when genii blew the coals;        10
  Decreed for the reverence of men’s souls.
There are porcelains made by no man’s will.
 
 
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