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Edgar Lee Masters (Эдгар Ли Мастерс)


Mrs. Merritt


Silent before the jury,
Returning no word to the judge when he asked me
If I had aught to say against the sentence,
Only shaking my head.
What could I say to people who thought
That a woman of thirty-five was at fault
When her lover of nineteen killed her husband?
Even though she had said to him over and over,
”Go away, Elmer, go far away,
I have maddened your brain with the gift of my body:
You will do some terrible thing.”
And just as I feared, he killed my husband;
With which I had nothing to do, before God!
Silent for thirty years in prison!
And the iron gates of Joliet
Swung as the gray and silent trusties
Carried me out in a coffin.



Edgar Lee Masters's other poems:
  1. Aaron Hatfield
  2. Daniel M’Cumber
  3. Jim Brown
  4. Judson Stoddard
  5. Percival Sharp


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