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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Pedlar of Spells
By Arthur Waley, trans.
From “Chinese Poems”

Lu Yu—Twelfth Century

AN OLD man selling charms in a cranny of the town-wall.
He writes out spells to bless the silk-worms and spells to protect the corn.
With the money he gets each day he only buys wine;
Nor does he worry when his legs wobble,
For he has a boy to lean on.        5

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