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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

142. Lillian Stewart

I WAS the daughter of Lambert Hutchins, 
Born in a cottage near the grist-mill, 
Reared in the mansion there on the hill, 
With its spires, bay-windows, and roof of slate. 
How proud my mother was of the mansion!         5
How proud of father’s rise in the world! 
And how my father loved and watched us, 
And guarded our happiness. 
But I believe the house was a curse, 
For father’s fortune was little beside it;  10
And when my husband found he had married 
A girl who was really poor, 
He taunted me with the spires, 
And called the house a fraud on the world, 
A treacherous lure to young men, raising hopes  15
Of a dowry not to be had; 
And a man while selling his vote 
Should get enough from the people’s betrayal 
To wall the whole of his family in. 
He vexed my life till I went back home  20
And lived like an old maid till I died, 
Keeping house for father. 



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