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

172. Hildrup Tubbs


I MADE two fights for the people. 
First I left my party, bearing the gonfalon 
Of independence, for reform, and was defeated. 
Next I used my rebel strength 
To capture the standard of my old party—         5
And I captured it, but I was defeated. 
Discredited and discarded, misanthropical, 
I turned to the solace of gold 
And I used my remnant of power 
To fasten myself like a saprophyte  10
Upon the putrescent carcass 
Of Thomas Rhodes’ bankrupt bank, 
As assignee of the fund. 
Everyone now turned from me. 
My hair grew white,  15
My purple lusts grew gray, 
Tobacco and whisky lost their savor 
And for years Death ignored me 
As he does a hog. 


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