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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
VIII. Avon’s Harvest, Etc.
8. Recalled
  
LONG after there were none of them alive
About the place—where there is now no place
But a walled hole where fruitless vines embrace
Their parent skeletons that yet survive
In evil thorns—none of us could arrive        5
At a more cogent answer to their ways
Than one old Isaac in his latter days
Had humor or compassion to contrive.
 
I mentioned them, and Isaac shook his head:
“The Power that you call yours and I call mine       10
Extinguished in the last of them a line
That Satan would have disinherited.
When we are done with all but the Divine,
We die.” And there was no more to be said.

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