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

198. Lyman King

YOU may think, passer-by, that Fate 
Is a pit-fall outside of yourself, 
Around which you may walk by the use of foresight 
And wisdom. 
Thus you believe, viewing the lives of other men,         5
As one who in God-like fashion bends over an anthill, 
Seeing how their difficulties could be avoided. 
But pass on into life: 
In time you shall see Fate approach you 
In the shape of your own image in the mirror;  10
Or you shall sit alone by your own hearth, 
And suddenly the chair by you shall hold a guest, 
And you shall know that guest, 
And read the authentic message of his eyes. 



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