Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

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Constance Hately

YOU PRAISE MY self-sacrifice, Spoon River,
In rearing Irene and Mary,
Orphan's of my older sister!
And you censure Irene and Mary
For their contempt for me!
But praise not my self-sacrifice,
And censure not their contempt;
I reared them, I cared for them, true enough!—
But I poisoned my benefactions
With constant reminders of their dependence.