Carl Hamblin

Original Text: 
Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology, illustrated by Oliver Herford (London: T. Werner Laurie, [1916]): 130-31. 8-NBI Masters New York Public Library
1The press of the Spoon River Clarion was wrecked,
2And I was tarred and feathered,
5Standing on the steps of a marble temple.
6Great multitudes passed in front of her,
7Lifting their faces to her imploringly.
8In her left hand she held a sword.
9She was brandishing the sword,
10Sometimes striking a child, again a laborer,
11Again a slinking woman, again a lunatic.
12In her right hand she held a scale;
13Into the scale pieces of gold were tossed
14By those who dodged the strokes of the sword.
15A man in a black gown read from a manuscript:
16'She is no respecter of persons.'
17Then a youth wearing a red cap
18Leaped to her side and snatched away the bandage.
19And lo, the lashes had been eaten away
20From the oozy eye-lids;
21The eye-balls were seared with a milky mucus;
22The madness of a dying soul
23Was written on her face --
24But the multitude saw why she wore the bandage."

Notes

3] November 11, 1887, for the Haymarket Riot on May 4, 1886, when at a workingman's demonstration a bomb is thrown into the midst of the police, the police return fire, and some die. Back to Line
4] Justice. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1915
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2003
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