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116                        OTHER VERSE
" I went to war and flashed my sword, In battle's garish blaze,
And won renown,
Aye, e'en a crown— The soldier's wreath of bays.
" I stood within the forum then, And won the strong applause
Of gallant men
And trenchant pen, For that I'd won a cause.
" With health and wealth and high emprise, I gave to others fame;
By poet's art
I thrilled the heart, And earned exalted name.
" With hand on lever of the press I built a city where Primeval stood A mighty wood And cougars had their lair.
" I sent to legislative halls A knavish parvenu, Who, overfed On what I'd said, A monstrous patron grew.