70. to President Lincoln.Proudest of all earth's thrones
Is his who rules by a free people's choice;
Who, 'midst fierce party strife and battle groans,
Hears, ever rising in harmonious tones,
A grateful people's voice.
Steadfast in thee we trust,
Tried as no man was ever tried before;
God made thee merciful--God keep thee just
Be true!--and triumph over all thou must.
God bless thee evermore!
Great Central fair, June 16, 1864.