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     The crystal clearness of an eye kept single
Shamed all the frauds of man.

The very gentlest of all human natures
     He joined to courage strong,
And love outreaching unto all God's creatures
     With sturdy hate of wrong.

Tender as woman, manliness and meekness
     In him were so allied
That they who judged him by his strength or weakness
     Saw but a single side.

Men failed, betrayed him, but his zeal seemed nourished
     By failure and by fall;
Still a large faith in human-kind he cherished,
     And in God's love for all.

And now he rests: his greatness and his sweetness
     No more shall seem at strife,
And death has moulded into calm completeness
     The statue of his life.

Where the dews glisten and the songbirds warble,
     His dust to dust is laid,
In Nature's keeping, with no pomp of marble
     To shame his modest shade.

The forges glow, the hammers all are ringing;
     Beneath its smoky veil,

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