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Edgar Lee Masters

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And when you are poor and have to carry
The Christian creed and wife and children
All on your back, it is too much!
That's why I made the Elixir of Youth,
Which landed me in the jail at Peoria
Branded a swindler and a crook
By the upright Federal Judge!
--
"Dr. Siegfried Iseman"

 
Edgar Lee Masters

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