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Madison Cawein

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A rope; a prayer; and an oak-tree near,
And a score of hands to swing him clear.
A grim, black thing for the setting sun
And the moon and the stars to gaze upon.

 
Madison Cawein

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Towered up between me and the stars, and still,
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