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

3. Ollie McGee

HAVE you seen walking through the village 
A man with downcast eyes and haggard face? 
That is my husband who, by secret cruelty 
Never to be told, robbed me of my youth and my beauty; 
Till at last, wrinkled and with yellow teeth,         5
And with broken pride and shameful humility, 
I sank into the grave. 
But what think you gnaws at my husband’s heart? 
The face of what I was, the face of what he made me! 
These are driving him to the place where I lie.  10
In death, therefore, I am avenged. 



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