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

98. Yee Bow

THEY got me into the Sunday-school 
In Spoon River 
And tried to get me to drop Confucius for Jesus. 
I could have been no worse off 
If I had tried to get them to drop Jesus for Confucius.         5
For, without any warning, as if it were a prank, 
And sneaking up behind me, Harry Wiley, 
The minister’s son, caved my ribs into my lungs, 
With a blow of his fist. 
Now I shall never sleep with my ancestors in Pekin,  10
And no children shall worship at my grave. 



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