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  • The Mystery

    From The Topeka State Journal, January 12, 1915. By Edward H. Pfeiffer.

    I am a coward, that I know.
        I am a nothingness, sham;
        And yet withal I feel I am
    Fine-chiseled as a cameo.

    I am a crust of slimy mire,
        A slave to fear, to doubt, to shame;
        And yet I feel within my flame
    A soaring spark of solar fire.

    I am a clotted, earthly clod,
        A shade, a mere nonentity;
        I know the beast that lurks in me,
    And yet I feel that I am God!