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

65. Hon. Henry Bennett

IT never came into my mind 
Until I was ready to die 
That Jenny had loved me to death, with malice of heart. 
For I was seventy, she was thirty-five, 
And I wore myself to a shadow trying to husband         5
Jenny, rosy Jenny full of the ardor of life. 
For all my wisdom and grace of mind 
Gave her no delight at all, in very truth, 
But ever and anon she spoke of the giant strength 
Of Willard Shafer, and of his wonderful feat  10
Of lifting a traction engine out of the ditch 
One time at Georgie Kirby’s. 
So Jenny inherited my fortune and married Willard— 
That mount of brawn! That clownish soul! 



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