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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Richard Butler Glaenzer
COLD bronze he has made articulate,
More scorching in its eloquence than the flames
That melted it to his will of fire;
Cold marble he has made compassionate,
Wisdom unfathomable which understands        5
All pain, all dread, all hunger, all desire;
Cold clay he has made animate,
Life that exclaims:
“You are but babbling shells! I, life entire!”
All these things he has done, this god,        10
Not as a god by sure austere commands;
But by thinking, seeing, feeling, believing;
By invincible patience and tireless hands;
With a back of scorn for the self-deceiving;
With faith’s disdain for The Day’s demands,—        15
A Titan self-made by his masterful mold,
Who has fused into copper the meaning of gold,
All the truth he could scan,
All his ardor innate;
Breathed his soul in each stone; poured his heart in each clod,—        20
A man,
Who stands shoulder to shoulder with Fate.
Out of bronze and marble and clay, formless, cold,
One man has given death the lie!

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