Stops of Various Quills/Peonage

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Peonage by William Dean Howells
illustrations by Howard Pyle

Howells, Stops of Various Quills, 1895 099 large a.jpg



PEONAGE


HOW tired the Recording Angel must begin 
To be of setting down the same old sin,
The same old folly, year out and year in,
Since I knew how to err, against my name!
It makes me sick at heart and sore with shame
To think of that monotony of blame,
For things I fancied once that I should be
Quits with in doing; but at last I see
All that I did became a part of me,
And cannot be put from me, but must still
Remain a potent will within my will,
Holding me debtor, while I live, to ill.


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