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

44. Nicholas Bindle

WERE you not ashamed, fellow citizens, 
When my estate was probated and everyone knew 
How small a fortune I left?— 
You who hounded me in life, 
To give, give, give to the churches, to the poor,         5
To the village!—me who had already given much. 
And think you not I did not know 
That the pipe-organ, which I gave to the church, 
Played its christening songs when Deacon Rhodes, 
Who broke the bank and all but ruined me,  10
Worshipped for the first time after his acquittal? 



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