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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
El Charro
By José Santos Chocano
From “Peruvian Poems”

Translated by John Pierrepont Rice

A COAT of silk, cheap jewels he loves to flaunt,
  Some tawdry lace that serves him for a frill:
He grasps a pistol butt, and seems to taunt
  The world and grip it in his ugly will.
Striding his bronco with its braided tail,        5
  Crowned by a hat that tapers to a cone—
One feels no bribe nor violence could prevail
  To make him change his saddle for a throne.
Proud of his seat, he cracks his rawhide lash.
  The brute obeys, a spark flies from his hoof.        10
He plunges; and with pistol at his sash
  His master strides him, haughty and aloof.
These seem no man and horse in mortal strife,
But some Olympic figure come to life.
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