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

6. Cassius Hueffer

THEY have chiseled on my stone the words: 
“His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him 
That nature might stand up and say to all the world, 
This was a man.” 
Those who knew me smile         5
As they read this empty rhetoric. 
My epitaph should have been: 
“Life was not gentle to him, 
And the elements so mixed in him 
That he made warfare on life,  10
In the which he was slain.” 
While I lived I could not cope with slanderous tongues, 
Now that I am dead I must submit to an epitaph 
Graven by a fool! 



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