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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
That Harp You Play So Well
By Marianne Moore
 
From “Pouters and Fantails”

O DAVID, if I had
Your power, I should be glad—
  In harping, with the sling,
  In patient reasoning!
 
Blake, Homer, Job, and you,        5
Have made old wine-skins new.
  Your energies have wrought
  Stout continents of thought.
 
But, David, if the heart
Be brass, what boots the art        10
  Of exorcising wrong,
  Of harping to a song?
 
The sceptre and the ring
And every royal thing
  Will fail. Grief’s lustiness        15
  Must cure that harp’s distress.
 
 
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