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[161] 'Tis faded now, that wondrous grace
     That once on Heaven's forehead shone;
I read no more in Nature's face
     A soul responsive to my own.
A dimness on my eye and spirit,
     Stern time has cast in hurrying by;
Few joys my hardier years inherit,
     And leaden dullness rules the sky.

Yet mourn not I—a stern, high duty
     Now nerves my arm and fires my brain;
Perish the dream of shapes of beauty,
     So that this strife be not in vain;
To war on Fraud entrenched with Power—
     On smooth Pretence and specious Wrong—
This task be mine, though Fortune lower;
     For this be banished sky and song.


The subjects upon which the editor of the New Yorker used to descant, as editor, contrast curiously with those upon which, as poet, he aspired to sing. Turning over the well-printed pages of that journal, we find calm and rather elaborate essays upon “The interests of Labor,” “Our relations with France,” “Speculation,” “The Science of agriculture,” “Usury Laws,” “The Currency,” “Overtrading,” “Divorce of Bank and State,” “ National Conventions,” “International Copyright,” “ Relief of the Poor,” “The public lands,” “Capital punishment,” “The Slavery question,” and scores of others equally unromantic. There are, also, election returns given with great minuteness, and numberless paragraphs recording nominations. The New Yorker gradually became the authority in the department of political statistics. There were many people who did not consider an election “ safe,” or “ lost,” until they saw the figures in the New Yorker. And the New Yorker deserved this distinction; for there never lived an editor more scrupulous upon the point of literal and absolute correctness than Horace Greeley. To quote the language of a proof-reader—‘If there is a thing that will make Horace furious, it is to have a name spelt wrong, or a mistake ’

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