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[150] Beyond the accident of birth
     He proved his simple manhood's worth;
Ancestral pride and classic grace
     Confessed the large-brained artisan,
So clear of sight, so wise in plan
     And counsel, equal to his place.

With glance intuitive he saw
     Through all disguise of form and law,
And read men like an open book;
     Fearless and firm, he never quailed
Nor turned aside for threats, nor failed
     To do the thing he undertook.

How wise, how brave, he was, how well
     He bore himself, let history tell
While waves our flag o'er land and sea,
     No black thread in its warp or weft;
He found dissevered States, he left
     A grateful Nation, strong and free!

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