Publication information

Atlanta Constitution
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “At the Fair”
Author(s): Stoddard, Richard Henry
City of publication: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of publication: 22 September 1901
Volume number: 34
Issue number: none
Part/Section: 1
Pagination: 7

Stoddard, Richard Henry. “At the Fair.” Atlanta Constitution 22 Sept. 1901 v34: part 1, p. 7.
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McKinley assassination (poetry).
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At the Fair

The devil’s best tools
Are the fingers of fools.
All pious, good people
Who live in a steeple,
Over spire and gilt vane
Whirling round, round again,
Like joy behind sorrow, or ease after pain,
But the worst, most accursed,
Is prim and sedate,
He stands up straight,
So lowly elate,
But creeps through the gate
Into rooms of the great,
And cowers in the chamber of state.
Let him learn, if he can,
The first lesson of Man,
The last, for he must,
He shall learn, and discern
The fire of live coals in our urn.