Spoon River Anthology

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Author: Edgar Lee Masters

Carl Hamblin

THE press of the Spoon River Clarion was wrecked,
And I was tarred and feathered,
For publishing this on the day the
Anarchists were hanged in Chicago:
"l saw a beautiful woman with bandaged eyes
Standing on the steps of a marble temple.
Great multitudes passed in front of her,
Lifting their faces to her imploringly.
In her left hand she held a sword.
She was brandishing the sword,
Sometimes striking a child, again a laborer,
Again a slinking woman, again a lunatic.
In her right hand she held a scale;
Into the scale pieces of gold were tossed
By those who dodged the strokes of the sword.
A man in a black gown read from a manuscript:
"She is no respecter of persons."
Then a youth wearing a red cap
Leaped to her side and snatched away the bandage.
And lo, the lashes had been eaten away
From the oozy eye-lids;
The eye-balls were seared with a milky mucus;
The madness of a dying soul
Was written on her face—
But the multitude saw why she wore the bandage."

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Chicago: Edgar Lee Masters, "Carl Hamblin," Spoon River Anthology in Spoon River Anthology Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4W4127J8JGXXMSK.

MLA: Masters, Edgar Lee. "Carl Hamblin." Spoon River Anthology, in Spoon River Anthology, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4W4127J8JGXXMSK.

Harvard: Masters, EL, 'Carl Hamblin' in Spoon River Anthology. cited in , Spoon River Anthology. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4W4127J8JGXXMSK.