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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2003 12:24 am 
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Please help; I'm trying to remember the author and full text of a poem which begins:

Suppose you stood just five foot two
Working as a grocery clerk
Studying law by candlelight
Until you became an attorney at law.

And through it all, they laughed at your ...


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2003 7:40 am 
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This is better suited in "Who Said That!" Forum, but anyhow, I think that you're looking for this:

(By the way, this is a really great poem; thanks for introducing me to it.)

Judge Selah Lively
By Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950)

SUPPOSE you stood just five feet two,
And had worked your way as a grocery clerk,
Studying law by candle light
Until you became an attorney at law?
And then suppose through your diligence,
And regular church attendance,
You became attorney for Thomas Rhodes,
Collecting notes and mortgages,
And representing all the widows
In the Probate Court? And through it all
They jeered at your size, and laughed at your clothes
And your polished boots? And then suppose
You became the County Judge?
And Jefferson Howard and Kinsey Keene,
And Harmon Whitney, and all the giants
Who had sneered at you, were forced to stand
Before the bar and say “Your Honor”—
Well, don’t you think it was natural
That I made it hard for them?


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Thank you very much for your help.


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