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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Lessons
By Sara Teasdale
 
From “Songs out of Stress”

UNLESS I learn to ask no help
  From any other soul but mine,
To seek no strength in waving reeds
  Nor shade beneath a straggling pine;
Unless I learn to look at Grief        5
  Unshrinking from her tear-blind eyes,
And take from Pleasure fearlessly
  Whatever gifts will make me wise—
Unless I learn these things on earth
Why was I ever given birth?        10
 
 
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