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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
229. Spoon River Anthology
 
Anne Rutledge
 
By Edgar Lee Masters
 
 
OUT of me unworthy and unknown
The vibrations of deathless music;
“With malice toward none, with charity for all.”
Out of me the forgiveness of millions toward millions,
And the beneficent face of a nation        5
Shining with justice and truth.
I am Anne Rutledge who sleep beneath these weeds,
Beloved in life of Abraham Lincoln,
Wedded to him, not through union,
But through separation.        10
Bloom forever, O Republic,
From the dust of my bosom!
 

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