Ambrose Bierce

(24 June 1842 - 26 December 1913 / Horse Cave Creek, Ohio)

Stoneman In Heaven - Poem by Ambrose Bierce

The Seraphs came to Christ, and said: 'Behold!
The man, presumptuous and overbold,
Who boasted that his mercy could excel
Thine own, is dead and on his way to Hell.'

Gravely the Saviour asked: 'What did he do
To make his impious assertion true?'

'He was a Governor, releasing all
The vilest felons ever held in thrall.
No other mortal, since the dawn of time,
Has ever pardoned such a mass of crime!'

Christ smiled benignly on the Seraphim:
'Yet I am victor, for I pardon _him_.'

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 29, 2012

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