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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
IV. Playthings of the Wind
16. Bronzes
  
THEY ask me to handle bronzes
Kept by children in China
Three thousand years
Since their fathers
Took fire and molds and hammers        5
And made these.
  
The Ming, the Chou,
And other dynasties,
Out, gone, reckoned in ciphers,
Dynasties dressed up        10
In old gold and old yellow—
They saw these.
  
Let the wheels
Of three thousand years
Turn, turn, turn on.        15
  
Let one poet then
(One will be enough)
Handle these bronzes
And mention the dynasties
And pass them along.        20

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