Spoon River Anthology Rev. Lemuel Wiley eText

Edgar Lee Masters

Rev. Lemuel Wiley

I PREACHED FOUR thousand sermons,
I conducted forty revivals,
And baptized many converts.
Yet no deed of mine
Shines brighter in the memory of the world,
And none is treasured more by me:
Look how I saved the Blisses from divorce,
And kept the children free from that disgrace,
To grow up into moral men and women,
Happy themselves, a credit to the village.