Spoon River Anthology

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Author: Edgar Lee Masters

Elliott Hawkins

I LOOKED like Abraham Lincoln.
I was one of you, Spoon River, in all fellowship,
But standing for the rights of property and for order.
A regular church attendant,
Sometimes appearing in your town meetings to warn you
Against the evils of discontent and envy
And to denounce those who tried to destroy the Union,
And to point to the peril of the Knights of Labor.
My success and my example are inevitable influences
In your young men and in generations to come,
In spite of attacks of newspapers like the Clarion;
A regular visitor at Springfield
When the Legislature was in session
To prevent raids upon the railroads
And the men building up the state.
Trusted by them and by you, Spoon River, equally
In spite of the whispers that I was a lobbyist.
Moving quietly through the world, rich and courted.
Dying at last, of course, but lying here
Under a stone with an open book carved upon it
And the words "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
And now, you world-savers, who reaped nothing in life
And in death have neither stones nor epitaphs,
How do you like your silence from mouths stopped
With the dust of my triumphant career?

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Chicago: Edgar Lee Masters, "Elliott Hawkins," Spoon River Anthology in Spoon River Anthology Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBB2LE258LA9TVH.

MLA: Masters, Edgar Lee. "Elliott Hawkins." Spoon River Anthology, in Spoon River Anthology, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBB2LE258LA9TVH.

Harvard: Masters, EL, 'Elliott Hawkins' in Spoon River Anthology. cited in , Spoon River Anthology. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBB2LE258LA9TVH.