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Johnnie Sayre

 Father, thou canst never know
The anguish that smote my heart
For my disobedience, the moment I felt
The remorseless wheel of the engine
Sink into the crying flesh of my leg.
As they carried me to the home of widow Morris I could see the school-house in the valley To which I played truant to steal rides upon the trains.
I prayed to live until I could ask your forgiveness -- And then your tears, your broken words of comfort! From the solace of that hour I have gained infinite happiness.
Thou wert wise to chisel for me: "Taken from the evil to come.

by Edgar Lee Masters
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