An Inscription

By Ambrose Bierce 1842–1914 Ambrose Bierce

For a Statue of Napoleon

A conqueror as provident as brave,
He robbed the cradle to supply the grave.
His reign laid quantities of human dust:
He fell upon the just and the unjust.

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Poet Ambrose Bierce 1842–1914

Subjects Painting & Sculpture, Arts & Sciences, History & Politics, Social Commentaries

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Ambrose Bierce's literary reputation is based primarily on his short stories about the Civil War and the supernatural—a body of work that makes up a relatively small part of his total output. Often compared to the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, these stories share an attraction to death in its more bizarre forms, featuring depictions of mental deterioration, uncanny, otherworldly manifestations, and expressions of the horror of . . .

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SUBJECT Painting & Sculpture, Arts & Sciences, History & Politics, Social Commentaries

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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