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

49. Dr. Siegfried Iseman

I SAID when they handed me my diploma, 
I said to myself I will be good 
And wise and brave and helpful to others; 
I said I will carry the Christian creed 
Into the practice of medicine!         5
Somehow the world and the other doctors 
Know what’s in your heart as soon as you make 
This high-souled resolution. 
And the way of it is they starve you out. 
And no one comes to you but the poor.  10
And you find too late that being a doctor 
Is just a way of making a living. 
And when you are poor and have to carry 
The Christian creed and wife and children 
All on your back, it is too much!  15
That’s why I made the Elixir of Youth, 
Which landed me in the jail at Peoria 
Branded a swindler and a crook 
By the upright Federal Judge! 



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