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Poem by Stephen Crane


"It was wrong to do this," said the angel


It was wrong to do this, said the angel.
You should live like a flower,
Holding malice like a puppy,
Waging war like a lambkin.

Not so, quoth the man
Who had no fear of spirits;
It is only wrong for angels
Who can live like the flowers,
Holding malice like the puppies,
Waging war like the lambkins.



Stephen Crane


Stephen Crane's other poems:
  1. Mystic shadow, bending near me
  2. There were many who went in huddled procession
  3. When a people reach the top of a hill
  4. Why do you strive for greatness, fool?
  5. The impact of a dollar upon the heart


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