Accepted

Ambrose Bierce 1842 (Meigs County) – 1914 (Chihuahua)



Charles Shortridge once to St. Peter came.
'Down!' cried the saint with his face aflame;
''Tis writ that every hardy liar
Shall dwell forever and ever in fire!'
'That's what I said the night that I died,'
The sinner, turning away, replied.
'What! _you_ said that?' cried the saint-'what! what!
_You_ said 'twas so writ? Then, faith, 'tis _not!_
I'm a devil at quoting, but I begin
To fail in my memory. Pray walk in.'

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme AABBCCDCEE
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 416
Words 83
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 10

Ambrose Bierce

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