The Collected Works Of Ambrose Bierce Volume 4; Shapes Of Clay. Some Ante-mortem Epitaphs. The…

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byAmbrose Bierce

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...coughing, spitting And wheezing, said: "'Tis not a jail, we're sure, Whate'er it may have been when it was newer. "'Twas found two centuries ago, o'ergrown With brush and ivy, all undoored, ungated; And in restoring it we found a stone Set here and there in the dilapidated And crumbling frieze, inscribed, in antiquated Big characters, with certain uncouth names, Which we conclude were borne of old by awful Rapscallions guilty of all sinful games--Vagrants engaged in practices unlawful, And orators less sensible than jawful. So each ten years we add to the long row A name, the most unworthy that we know." "But why," I asked, "put mine in?" He replied "You look it"--and the judgment pained me greatly; Right gladly would I then and there have died, But that I'd risen from the grave so lately. But on examining that solemn, stately Old ruin I remarked: "My friends, you err--The truth of this is just what I expected. This building in its time made quite a stir. I lived (was famous, too) when 'twas erected. The names here first inscribed were much respected. This is the Hall of Fame, or I'm a stork, And this goat-pasture once was called New York." OMNES VANITAS Alas for ambition's possessor! Alas for the famous and proud! The Isle of Manhattan's best dresser Is wearing a hand-me-down shroud. The world has forgotten his glory; The wagoner sings on his wain, And Chauncey Depew tells a story, And jackasses laugh in the lane. CONSOLATION Little's the good to sit and grieve Because the serpent tempted Eve. Better to wipe your eyes and take A club and go out and kill a snake. But if you prefer, as I suspect, To philosophize, why, then, reflect: If the cunning rascal upon the limb Hadn't tempted her she'd have tempte...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...coughing, spitting And wheezing, said: "'Tis not a jail, we're sure, Whate'er it may have been when it was newer. "'Twas found t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:May 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217755127

ISBN - 13:9780217755122

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