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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1587. A Little Parable
 
By Anne Reeve Aldrich
 
 
I MADE the cross myself whose weight
  Was later laid on me.
This thought is torture as I toil
  Up life’s steep Calvary.
 
To think mine own hands drove the nails!        5
  I sang a merry song,
And chose the heaviest wood I had
  To build it firm and strong.
 
If I had guessed—if I had dreamed
  Its weight was meant for me,        10
I should have made a lighter cross
  To bear up Calvary!
 

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