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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Faeries’ Fool
By Anna Fitch
THUS spake my faerie sponsors long ago,
  Weaving wild spells that I might do their will:
(Laughing they spoke—and yet my mother wept,
  Cuddling me closer still!)
“We name thee Fey-heart, little newborn soul—        5
  Go thou and serve the world’s most foolish things:
Whistle through thumbs to moldy garden-seeds,
  And brush the wood-gnat’s wings.
We give thee cobwebs and a reel of dreams
  To pay the tavern’s score for wine and bread.        10
Go thou, small soul, and spend thy elfin coin,
  And make thy storm-swept bed.”

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