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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1510. The Fire i’ the Flint
 
By Lucy Robinson (Lucy Catlin Bull)
 
 
THE SUDDEN thrust of speech is no mean test
Of man or woman. Caesar, with his cry
Of anguish,—Pilate, putting justice by,—
Into three words a human soul compressed;
Three broke from Galileo’s brooding breast;        5
And Desdemona, instant to reply
“Nobody—I myself,” is by that lie
In all her purity made manifest.
But Tito, Tito, standing so secure,—
Tito, the idol of the market-place,        10
Who muttering to himself, “Some madman, sure!”
Could look his stricken father in the face,
From a yet deeper well his falsehood drew,
And lived more base than that young wife died true.
 

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