Stops of Various Quills/Company

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Company by William Dean Howells
illustrations by Howard Pyle

Howells, Stops of Various Quills, 1895 011 large a.jpg


COMPANY


I THOUGHT, "How terrible, if I were seen 
Just as in will and deed I had always been!
And if this were the fate that I must face
At the last day, and all else were God's grace,
How must I shrink and cower before them there,
Stripped naked to the soul and beggared bare
Of every rag of seeming!" Then, "Why, no,"
I thought, "Why should I, if the rest are so?"




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