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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Poet’s Part
By Lily A. Long
 
  IT is a little world where poets dwell—
A little, hidden world; and few there be
Who know its sign or language, or can tell
Whence come the visions that the poets see.
The great world beats about it heedlessly,        5
With things to win, to own, to buy, to sell,
With myriad cares that leave no mortal free,
With hopes that spur and bafflements that quell.
 
  Yet ever does the great world in its might
Swing onward through the darkness by the light        10
Caught up by poet hand from poet hand;
And if but once should sink that flaming brand,
Why, then would come at last the endless night,
To hide the ruin of what God had planned.
 
 
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