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

89. Mrs. George Reece

TO this generation I would say: 
Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty. 
It may serve a turn in your life. 
My husband had nothing to do 
With the fall of the bank—he was only cashier.         5
The wreck was due to the president, Thomas Rhodes, 
And his vain, unscrupulous son. 
Yet my husband was sent to prison, 
And I was left with the children, 
To feed and clothe and school them.  10
And I did it, and sent them forth 
Into the world all clean and strong, 
And all through the wisdom of Pope, the poet: 
“Act well your part, there all the honor lies.” 



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