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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
tle-cry, And round, in heavy volume, spread The war cloud to the sky. 'Twas not, as when in rival strength Contending nations meet, Or love of conquest madly hurls A monarch from his seat: Yet one was there, unused to tread The path of mortal strife, Who but the Saviour's flock had fed Beside the fount of life. He knelt him where the black smoke wreathed— His head was bowed and bare,— While for an infant land he breathed The agony of prayer. The column, red with early morn, May tower o'er Bunker's height, And proudly tell a race unborn Their patriot father's might:— But thou, O patriarch, old and gray, Thou prophet of the free, Who knelt among the dead that day, What fame shall rise to thee! It is not meet that brass or stone Which feel the touch of time, Shall keep the record of a faith That woke the deed sublime: We trace it to the tablet fair, Which glows when stars wax pale, A promise that the good man's prayer Shall with his God prevail. Samuel McClintock was considered one<