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

119. Anthony Findlay

BOTH for the country and for the man, 
And for a country as well as a man, 
’Tis better to be feared than loved. 
And if this country would rather part 
With the friendship of every nation         5
Than surrender its wealth, 
I say of a man ’tis worse to lose 
Money than friends. 
And I rend the curtain that hides the soul 
Of an ancient aspiration:  10
When the people clamor for freedom 
They really seek for power o’er the strong. 
I, Anthony Findlay, rising to greatness 
From a humble water carrier, 
Until I could say to thousands “Come,”  15
And say to thousands “Go,” 
Affirm that a nation can never be good, 
Or achieve the good, 
Where the strong and the wise have not the rod 
To use on the dull and weak.  20


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