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

237. Jeremy Carlisle

PASSER-BY, sin beyond any sin 
Is the sin of blindness of souls to other souls. 
And joy beyond any joy is the joy 
Of having the good in you seen, and seeing the good 
At the miraculous moment!         5
Here I confess to a lofty scorn, 
And an acrid skepticism. 
But do you remember the liquid that Penniwit 
Poured on tintypes, making them blue 
With a mist like hickory smoke?  10
Then how the picture began to clear 
Till the face came forth like life? 
So you appeared to me, neglected ones, 
And enemies too, as I went along 
With my face growing clearer to you as yours  15
Grew clearer to me. 
We were ready then to walk together 
And sing in chorus and chant the dawn 
Of life that is wholly life. 



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