Okay, I left it alone for a few days so I could consider it more neutrally. (I always need a cooling period when I get wrapped up in the emotions of wanting to win an argument--i.e., focusing on who's right in the short term, rather than what's right in the long term.)
And today "generate" looks just fine to me.
Thanks for your patience, Martin, Michael, John, and Susan. And for standing up for the original poet, who isn't here to defend his original intention when I try to hijack it to serve my own interpretation.