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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Ante Proelium
By Morris Bishop
From “With the A. E. F.”

IN the clairvoyance of a midnight waking
  I took an inventory of Myself:
  A little knowledge on a dusty shelf,
A few good deeds (Fragile—Beware of Breaking),
A light heart, fissured by no hours of aching,        5
  Scraps of old songs, fragments of childish fears,
  And blowing memories of unlit years,
And litter of achievements—in the making.
“And this,” I said, “is all I have to give
  In the extremity of all mankind!        10
  I give it gladly; for I do not find
It hard that this agglomerate should not live;
  The only thing,” I said, “about being dead,
  The hard part is, I have three friends,” I said.

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