Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Word Book (New York: Doubleday, 1906), p. 140. Republished as The Devil's Dictionary (New York: Dover, 1958). PS 1097 D4 1958 Robarts Library.
1Once I dipt into the future far as human eye could see,
2And I saw the Chief Forecaster, dead as any one can be--
3Dead and damned and shut in Hades as a liar from his birth,
4With a record of unreason seldome paralleled on earth.
5While I looked he reared him solemnly, that incandescent youth,
6From the coals that he'd preferred to the advantages of truth.
7He cast his eyes about him and above him; then he wrote
8On a slab of thin asbestos what I venture here to quote--
9For I read it in the rose-light of the everlasting glow:
10"Cloudy; variable winds, with local showers; cooler; snow."
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