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SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY: REV. LEMUEL WILEY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I preached four thousand sermons
Last Line: Happy themselves, a credit to the village.
Subject(s): Divorce


I PREACHED four thousand sermons,
I conducted forty revivals,
And baptized many converts.
Yet no deed of mine
Shines brighter in the memory of the world,
And none is treasured more by me:
Look how I saved the Blisses from divorce,
And kept the children free from that disgrace,
To grow up into moral men and women,
Happy themselves, a credit to the village.





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