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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Wizard in Words
By Marianne Moore
 
From “Pouters and Fantails”

“WHEN I am dead,”
The wizard said,
  “I’ll look upon the narrow way
  And this Dante,
    And know that he was right;        5
    And he’ll delight
      In my remorse—
      Of course.”
 
“When I am dead,”
The student said,        10
  “I shall have grown so tolerant
  I’ll find I can’t
    Laugh at your sorry plight,
    Or take delight
      In your chagrin,        15
      Merlin.”
 
 
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