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Had pierced, had crushed Rebellion dead,—
Without a Hand, without a Head;-

At last, when all was well,
He fell O, how he fell!

The time, the place, the stealing Shape,-
The coward shot,-the swift escape,-

The wife-the widow's scream,-
It is a hideous Dream!

A Dream ?-what means this pageant, then?
These multitudes of solemn men,

Who speak not when they meet,
But throng the silent street?

The flags half-mast, that late so high
Flaunted at each new victory?

(The stars no brightness shed,
But bloody looks the red!)

The black festoons that stretch for miles, And turn the streets to funeral aisles?

(No house too poor to show
The Nation's badge of woe!)

The cannon's sudden, sullen boom,-
The bells that toll of death and doom,-

The rolling of the drums,

The dreadful Car that comes?

Cursed be the hand that fired the shot! The frenzied brain that hatched the plot : Thy Country's Father slain

By thee, thou worse than Cain!

Tyrants have fallen by such as thou,
And Good hath followed-May it now!
(God lets bad instruments
Produce the best events.)

But he, the Man we mourn to-day,
No tyrant was; so mild a sway

In one such weight who bore
Was never known before!

Cool should he be, of balanced powers,
The Ruler of a Race like ours,

Impatient, headstrong, wild,-
The Man to guide the Child!

And this he was, who most unfit
(So hard the sense of God to hit!)

Did seem to fill his Place.
With such a homely face,-

Such rustic manners-speech uncouth(That somehow blundered out the Truth!) Untried, untrained to bear,

The more than kingly Care?

Ay! And his genius put to scorn
The proudest in the purple born,

Whose wisdom never grew
To what, untaught, he knew-

The People, of whom he was one.
No gentleman like Washington,-

(Whose bones, methinks, make room, To have him in their tomb!)

A laboring man, with horny hands,
Who swung the axe, who tilled his lands,
Who shrank from nothing new,
But did as poor men do!

One of the People! Born to be
Their curious Epitome;

To share, yet rise above
Their shifting hate and love.

Common his mind (it seemed so then), His thoughts the thoughts of other men ; Plain were his words, and poor-But now they will endure!

No hasty fool, of stubborn will,
But prudent, cautious, pliant, still;

Who, since his work was good,
Would do it, as he could.

Doubting, was not ashamed to doubt,
And, lacking prescience, went without;
Often appeared to halt,
And was, of course, at fault:

Heard all opinions, nothing loth,
And loving both sides, angered both :
Was not like Justice, blind,
But watchful, clement, kind.

No hero, this, of Roman mould;
Nor like our stately sires of old;

Perhaps he was not Great
But he preserved the State!

O honest face, which all men knew!
O tender heart, but known to few!
O Wonder of the Age,
Cut off by tragic Rage!

Peace! Let the long procession come,
For hark!—the mournful, muffled drum-
The trumpet's wail afar,-
And see the awful Car!

Peace! Let the sad procession go,
While cannon boom, and bells toll slow;
And go, thou sacred Car,
Bearing our Woe afar!

Go, darkly borne, from State to State,
Whose loyal, sorrowing Cities wait
To honor all they can

The dust of that Good Man!

Go, grandly borne, with such a train
As greatest kings might die to gain:

The Just, the Wise, the Brave
Attend thee to the grave!

And you, the soldiers of our wars, Bronzed veterans, grim with noble scars, Salute him once again,

Your late Commander-slain !

Yes, let your tears, indignant, fall,
But leave your muskets on the wall;
Your Country needs you now
Beside the forge, the plough!

(When Justice shall unsheathe her brand

If Mercy may not stay her hand,

Nor would we have it so-
She must direct the blow!)

And you, amid the Master-Race
Who seem so strangely out of place,
Know ye who cometh? He
Who hath declared ye Free!

Bow while the Body passes-Nay,
Fall on your knees, and weep, and pray.
Weep, weep-I would ye might—
Your poor, black faces white!

And, Children, you must come in bands,
With garlands in your little hands,

Of blue, and white, and red,
To strew before the Dead!

So sweetly, sadly, sternly goes
The Fallen to his last repose;

Beneath no mighty dome,
But in his modest Home;

The churchyard where his children rest,
The quiet spot that suits him best;
There shall his grave be made,
And there his bones be laid!

And there his countrymen shall come,
With memory proud, with pity dumb,
And strangers far and near,
For many and many a year!

For many a year, and many an Age,
While History on her ample page
The virtues shall enroll
Of that Paternal Soul!

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