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THE POETRY CURE Poetry is no more a narcotic than a stimulant; it is a universal bitter-sweet mixture for all possible household emergencies. . . . A well-chosen anthology is a complete dispensary of medicine for the more common mental disorders, and may be used as much for prevention as cure.

ROBERT GRAVES, ON ENGLISH POETRY, 1922.

"O health! health! the blessing of the rich! the riches of the poor! who can buy thee at too dear a rate, since there is no enjoying the world without thee?

BEN JONSON, VOLPONE. ACT II.

"He ate and drank the precious words,

His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,

Nor that his frame was dust."

EMILY DICKINSON.

THE POETRY CURE

A POCKET MEDICINE
CHEST OF VERSE

COMPOUNDED BY
ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER

Author of "Scum othe Earth," "Magic Flame," "Fiddler's Luck," "The Joyful
Heart,etc. Editor of Our American Holidaysseries, and

"Through Italy with the Poets."

NEW YORK
DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY

1925

COPYRIGHT, 1925
By ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER

Published, October, 1925
Second Printing, December, 1925

Third Printing, January, 1926
Fourth Printing, March, 1926

PRINTED IN V. 8. A.

THE VAIL-BALLOU PRESS
BINGHAMTON AND NEW YORK

To the noble army of

CREATIVE LIBRARIANS

PRACTITIONERS ALL

CONSCIOUSLY OR UNCONSCIOUSLY

OF THE POETRY CURE

THIS BOOK

IS RESPECTFULLY AND CORDIALLY

DEDICATED

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