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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Crowning Gift
By Gladys Cromwell
 
I HAVE had courage to accuse;
  And a fine wit that could upbraid;
And a nice cunning that could bruise;
  And a shrewd wisdom, unafraid
Of what weak mortals fear to lose.        5
 
I have had virtue to despise
  The sophistry of pious fools;
I have had firmness to chastise;
  And intellect to make me rules,
To estimate and exorcise.        10
 
I have had knowledge to be true;
  My faith could obstacles remove;
But now, by failure taught anew,
  I would have courage now to love,
And lay aside the strength I knew.        15
 
 
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