11. Abraham Lincoln.
by W. H. Venable.No adulation shall the poet bring,
Nor o'erwrought picture of thy excellence;
But, taught by Truthfulness, shall simply sing
The passing worth of cheerful common-sense;.
Shall call thy honesty a priceless gem,
Thy patience beautiful, thy faith sublime;
Thy gentle nature let the harsh condemn,
Just heaven's reward is in the hand of time.
Work on, amidst the nation's wild turmoil,
The day of triumph brightens up the sky;
The tree of peace springs up from roots of toil,
Its leaves shall sweetly crown thee by and by.
Smile on, amidst thy care, O Freedom's friend!
The People's heart is with thee to the end.