I am Minerva, the village poetess, Hooted at, jeered at by the Yahoos of the street For my heavy body, cock-eye, and rolling walk, And all the more when "Butch" Weldy Captured me after a brutal hunt. He left me to my fate with Doctor Meyers; And I sank into death, growing numb from the feet up, Like one stepping deeper and deeper into a stream of ice. Will some one go to the village newspaper, And gather into a book the verses I wrote? -- I thirsted so for love! I hungered so for life!
- by Edgar Lee Masters (1868 - 1950), "Minerva Jones", appears in Spoon River Anthology, first published 1916 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gino Negri (b. 1919), "Minerva Jones", published 1948 [soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, and bass solo voices, SATB chorus, and orchestra], from Antologia di Spoon River [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 95