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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
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By Amy Lowell
 
From “Lacquer Prints”

  THE GREAT painter, Hokusai,
In his old age,
Wrote these words:
“Profiting by a beautiful spring day,
In this year of tranquillity,        5
To warm myself in the sun,
I received a visit from my publisher
Who asked me to do something for him.
Then I reflected that one should not forget the glory of arms,
Above all when one was living in peace;        10
And in spite of my age,
Which is more than seventy years,
I have found courage to draw those ancient heroes
Who have been the models of glory.”
 
 
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