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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Epigrams
By James Aldrich (1810–1856)
 
[From Poems. Collection of 1884.]

ETERNITY.
SELF-TORTURED, self-deceived, why tremblest thou
  At that great sea which laves no mortal shore?
Rightly conceived, Eternity is now,
  And Time, with all its troubles, is no more.
 
VERBAL HISTORY.
AT Geneva I asked in the public square
        5
  Who was John Huss?
And eagerly every one answered me thus:
A holy martyr was good John Huss.
At Rome I repeated the question and there
As eagerly every one answered me thus:        10
A heretic knave was the infamous Huss.
 
CHARITY.
HER feet within the poor man’s door
  Have music in their tread,
And where she moves a presence seems
  With golden wings outspread.        15
 
 
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