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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
The Whole Story
By J. F. Bowman
WHEN Jones was sixteen, he was bent
  On one day being President.
At twenty-five, Jones thought that he
  Content as District Judge would be.
At thirty, he was much elated        5
  When Mayor of Frogtown nominated.
But bootless all the nomination—
  His rival Tompkins graced the station.
At forty-five, his dreams had fled;
  Hope and Ambition, both were dead.        10
When from his toils he found release,
  He died—a Justice of the Peace.
O youthful heart, so high and bold,
  Thus is thy brief, sad story told!

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