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its grief, and the lesson which it imparts, and be more than ever de termined, in the presence of God, and with the ability and power He has given us, to do our duty to our country, by maintaining its institutions and perpetuating its principles and liberties.




SHROUD the banner! rear the cross!
Consecrate a nation's loss;

Gaze on that majestic sleep,

Stand beside his bier to weep;
Lay the gentle son of Toil

Proudly in his native soil;
Crowned with honor, to his rest
Bear the Prophet of the West!


How cold the brow that yet doth wear

The impress of a nation's care!

How still the heart whose every beat
Glowed with compassion's sacred heat!
Rigid the lips whose patient smile
Duty's stern task would oft beguile;
Blood-quenched the pensive eye's soft light,
Nerveless the hand so slow to smite;

So meek in rule, it leads, though dead,
The people as in life it led.


Oh! let his wise and gentle sway

Win every recreant to-day,

And sorrow's vast and holy wave

Blend all our hearts around his grave!

Let the traitor's craven fears,

Let the faithful bondsmen's tears,
And the People's grief and pride
Plead against the parricide!
Let us throng to pledge and pray
Around the patriot-martyr's clay;
Then with solemn faith in Right,
That made him victor in the fight,
Cling to the path he fearless trod,
Still radiant with the smile of God.


Shroud the banner! rear the cross!

Consecrate a nation's loss!

Gaze on that majestic sleep,

Stand beside his bier to weep;

Lay the gentle son of Toil,

Proudly in his native soil;
Crowned with honor to his rest,

Bear the Prophet of the West!

Henry T. Tuckerman.




THE body of President Lincoln was exposed to public view in the Capitol during the 20th, and so constant and numerous was the crowd which pressed forward all that dreary rainy day to gaze for the last time on the sad face so familiarized during the four years, that the Rotunda was kept open from six in the morning till nine o'clock at night.

Among the twenty-five thousand who passed before the coffin were thousands of soldiers, some of whom hobbled from the hospitals where they had long been confined, to look once more on their late Commander-in-chief.

The hour of closing found some thousands who had waited for hours in vain.

The guard of honor, which had been on duty all day, was relieved by Brigadier-General James A. Ekin, and Major D. C. Welsh and Captain Joseph T. Powers, of his staff; and Brigadier-General James A. Hall, and Captain E. H. Nevin, Jr., and Lieutenant Terence Riley, of his staff, who stayed with the remains during the night. And at six o'clock in the morning, Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War; Hon. J. P. Usher, Secretary of the Interior; Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy; Hon. William Dennison, Postmaster-General; Hon. J. J. Speed, Attorney-General; Lieut.-Gen. Grant, and a portion of his staff, Major-General Meigs, Rev. Doctor Gurley, and several Senators, the Illinois delegation, and a number of officers of the army, arrived at the Capitol and took a last look at the face of the deceased. The coffin was then

prepared for removal, and closed. It was at first determined not to open it till it reached Springfield, but subsequently entreaties induced the exposure once more of the face of the late ruler, and twelve orderly sergeants were called in to carry it to the hearse. Rev. Dr. Gurley, before the removal of the remains, made the following impressive prayer:

Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting Thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction, and sayest, Return, ye children of men. We acknowledge Thy hand in the great and sudden affliction that has befallen us as a nation, and we pray that in all these hours and scenes of sorrow through which we are passing we may have the guidance of Thy counsel and the consolations of Thy spirit. We commit to thy care and keeping this sleeping dust of our fallen Chief Magistrate, and pray Thee to watch over it as it passes from our view and is borne to its final resting-place in the soil of that State which was his abiding and chosen home. And grant, we beseech Thee, that, as the people in different cities and sections of the land shall gather around this coffin and look upon the fading remains of the man they loved so well, their love for the cause in which he fell may kindle into a brighter, intenser flame, and, while their tears are falling, may they renew their vows of eternal fidelity to the cause of justice, liberty, and truth. So may this great bereavement redound to Thy glory and to the highest welfare of our stricken and bleeding country; and all we ask is in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

The remains were then removed by a detachment of the Quartermaster-General's volunteers, detailed by Brigadier-General Rucker, and escorted to the depot, without music, by the companies of Capts. Cromee, Bush, Hildebrand, and Dillon, of the 12th Veteran Reserve Corps, the whole under the command of Lieut.-Col. Bell. The remains were followed by Lieut.-Gen. Grant, Gen. Meigs, Gen. Hardie, the members of the Cabinet-Messrs. Stanton, Welles, McCulloch, Dennison, Usher, and Fields—and other distinguished personages.

At the depot they were received by President Johnson, Hon. W. T. Dole, Gen. Barnard, Gen. Rucker, Gen. Townsend, Gen. Howe, Gen. Ekin, and others, and placed in the hearse-car, to

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