Quotation by Karl Shapiro

However others calculate the cost,
To us the final aggregate is one,
One with a name, one transferred to the blest;
And though another stoops and takes the gun,
We cannot add the second to the first.
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. Elegy for a Dead Soldier (l. 56–60). . .

Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
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