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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The natal day of General Robert Edward Lee (search)
Mrs. Smith introduced Dr. Tichenor, who read in a beautiful and dramatic manner, Father Ryan's noble poem, The Sword of Robert Lee. Continuing, Dr. Tichenor said that he felt that at the mention of the name of Robert Lee every man and woman of the South should bow their heads and thank God that to this age and generation had been given such a man. Mrs. William H. Dickson then read a beautiful tribute penned to the memory of General Lee, in answer to the New York Sun's attack, by John G. Hood of Meridian, Miss. After this beautiful reading the following beautiful poem, from the pen of our sweet southern songbird, Mary Ashley Townsend, was read by Colonel W. R. Lyman. Mr. Lyman read the poem with great force and diction, and every word sank as a note that would linger in the hearts of all present. The following was the poem: The birthday of Lee. Mary Ashley Townsend What singer's song, However bravely he might sing, To this proud hour and day could bring Meed justly