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     I claim of thee the promise of thy youth;
Give me thy life, or cower in empty phrase,
     The victim of thy genius, not its mate!’
Life may be given in many ways,
     And loyalty to Truth be sealed
As bravely in the closet as the field,
     So generous is Fate;
But then to stand beside her,
     When craven churls deride her,
To front a lie in arms and not to yield,—
     This shows, methinks, God's plan
And measure of a stalwart man,
     Limbed like the old heroic breeds,
Who stands self-poised on manhood's solid earth,
     Not forced to frame excuses for his birth,
Fed from within with all the strength he needs.


Such was he, our Martyr-Chief,
     Whom late the Nation he had led,
With ashes on her head,
     Wept with the passion of an angry grief:
Forgive me, if from present things I turn
     To speak what in my heart will beat and burn,
And hang my wreath on his world-honored urn.
     Nature, they say, doth dote,
And cannot make a man
     Save on some worn-out plan,
Repeating ZZZus by rote:
     For him her Old-World mould aside she threw,
And, choosing sweet clay from the breast
     Of the unexhausted West,
With stuff untainted shaped a hero new,
     Wise, steadfast in the strength of God, and true.
How beautiful to see
     Once more a shepherd of mankind indeed,
Who loved his charge, but never loved to lead;
     One whose meek flock the people joyed to be,
Not lured by any cheat of birth,

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