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37. Abraham Lincoln. January first, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.

Stand like an anvil, when 'tis beaten
     With the full vigor of the smith's right arm!
Stand like the noble oak-tree, when 'tis eaten
     By the Saperda and his ravenous swarm!
For many smiths will strike the ringing blows,
     Ere the red drama now enacting close;
And human insects, gnawing at thy fame,
     Conspire to bring thy honored head to shame.

Stand like the firmament, upholden
     By an invisible but Almighty hand!
He whomsoever justice doth embolden,
     Unshaken, unseduced, unawed shall stand.
Invisible support is mightier far,
     With noble aims, than walls of granite are;
And simple consciousness of justice gives
     Strength to a purpose while that purpose lives.

Stand like the rock that looks defiant
     Far o'er the surging seas that lash its form!
Composed, determined, watchful, self-reliant,
     Be master of thyself, and rule the storm!
And thou shalt soon behold the bow of peace
     Span the broad heavens, and the wild tumult cease;
And see the billows, with the clouds that meet,
     Subdued and calm, come crouching to thy feet.

W. D. Gallagher.
Kentucky, December, 1862.

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