Back at the start, he thought it odd

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Back at the start, he thought it odd
that Salem's solemn beards did not
include a jail. Very slipshod
planning for such an iron plot
as America. Hawthorne's old state
assumed that life and faith ran high
while Lowell sought our frailer traits.
In the depths of faith, faith is tried.
The beast awoke in Lowell's bed
while Hawthorne's prowled the forest.
Nathaniel's beast was not his head
but scarlet burned in Lowell's breast.
Damned with eyes that knew black night,
where these men trembled the pack delights.
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