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

34. Percy Bysshe Shelley

MY father who owned the wagon-shop 
And grew rich shoeing horses 
Sent me to the University of Montreal. 
I learned nothing and returned home, 
Roaming the fields with Bert Kessler,         5
Hunting quail and snipe. 
At Thompson’s Lake the trigger of my gun 
Caught in the side of the boat 
And a great hole was shot through my heart. 
Over me a fond father erected this marble shaft,  10
On which stands the figure of a woman 
Carved by an Italian artist. 
They say the ashes of my namesake 
Were scattered near the pyramid of Caius Cestius 
Somewhere near Rome.  15


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