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

92. Rev. Abner Peet


I HAD no objection at all 
To selling my household effects at auction 
On the village square. 
It gave my beloved flock the chance 
To get something which had belonged to me         5
For a memorial. 
But that trunk which was struck off 
To Burchard, the grog-keeper! 
Did you know it contained the manuscripts 
Of a lifetime of sermons?  10
And he burned them as waste paper. 


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