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Cassius Hueffer

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Written by Edgar Lee Masters

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 They have chiseled on my stone the words:
'His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him
That nature might stand up and say to all the world,
This was a man.
' Those who knew me smile As they read this empty rhetoric.
My epitaph should have been: 'Life was not gentle to him, And the elements so mixed in him That he made warfare on life, In the which he was slain.
' While I lived I could not cope with slanderous tongues, Now that I am dead I must submit to an epitaph Graven by a fool!


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