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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950). Spoon River Anthology. 1916.

221. J. Milton Miles

WHENEVER the Presbyterian bell

Was rung by itself, I knew it as the Presbyterian bell.

But when its sound was mingled

With the sound of the Methodist, the Christian,

The Baptist and the Congregational,

I could no longer distinguish it,

Nor any one from the others, or either of them.

And as many voices called to me in life

Marvel not that I could not tell

The true from the false,

Nor even, at last, the voice that I should have known.