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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Monument to General Robert E. Lee. (search)
me the social order Which gave us men as great as these? Who condemn the soil of ta forest Which brings forth gigantic trees? Who presume to doubt that Providence Shapes out our destinies? Foreordained, and long maturing, Came the famous men of old; In the dark mines deep were driven Down the shafts to reach the gold, And the story is far longer Than the histories have told. From Bacon down to Washington The generations passed, Great events and moving causes Were in serried order massed: Berkeley well was first confronted, Better George the King at last! From the times of that stern ruler To our own familiar days, Long the pathway we have trodden— Hard and devious were its ways— Till at last there came the second Mightier Revolution's blaze; Till at last there broke the tempest Like a cyclone on the sea, When the lightnings blazed and dazzled And the thunders were set free— And riding on that whirlwind came Majestic Robert Lee. Who—again I ask the question— Who may challenge i