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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler


Good - Better - Best


When young, in tones quite positive
I said, "The world shall see
That I can keep myself from sin;
A good man I will be."

But when I loved Miss Kate St. Clair
'Twas thus my musing ran:
"I cannot be compared with her;
I'll be a better man."

'Twas at the wedding of a friend
(He married Kate St. Clair)
That I became superlative,
For I was "best man" there.



Ellis Parker Butler


Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Rich BoyТs Christmas
  3. Why I Went to the Foot
  4. The Final Tax
  5. To Jessica, Gone Back to the City


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