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

8. Amanda Barker

HENRY got me with child,

Knowing that I could not bring forth life

Without losing my own.

In my youth therefore I entered the portals of dust.

Traveler, it is believed in the village where I lived

That Henry loved me with a husband’s love,

But I proclaim from the dust

That he slew me to gratify his hatred.