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

57. Deacon Taylor


I BELONGED to the church, 
And to the party of prohibition; 
And the villagers thought I died of eating watermelon. 
In truth I had cirrhosis of the liver, 
For every noon for thirty years,         5
I slipped behind the prescription partition 
In Trainor’s drug store 
And poured a generous drink 
From the bottle marked 
”Spiritus frumenti.”  10


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