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

12. Judge Somers


HOW does it happen, tell me, 
That I who was most erudite of lawyers, 
Who knew Blackstone and Coke 
Almost by heart, who made the greatest speech 
The court-house ever heard, and wrote         5
A brief that won the praise of Justice Breese— 
How does it happen, tell me, 
That I lie here unmarked, forgotten, 
While Chase Henry, the town drunkard, 
Has a marble block, topped by an urn,  10
Wherein Nature, in a mood ironical, 
Has sown a flowering weed? 


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