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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM
[ Also see America Government Lincoln's Birthday Presidency Right Rights Slavery ]

Some opulent force of genius, soul, and race,
  Some deep life-current from far centuries
    Flowed to his mind and lighted his sad eyes,
      And gave his name, among great names, high place.
      - Joel Benton, Another Washington, (Lincoln)

To set the stones back in the wall
  Lest the divided house should fall.
    The beams of peace he laid,
      While kings looked on, afraid.
      - John Vance Cheney, Lincoln

Unheralded, God's captain came
  As one that answers to his name;
    Nor dreamed how high his charge,
      His privilege how large.
      - John Vance Cheney, Lincoln

If so men's memories not a monument be,
  None shalt thou have. Warm hearts, and not cold stone,
    Must mark thy grave, or thou shalt lie, unknown.
      Marbles keep not themselves; how then, keep thee?
      - John Vance Cheney, Thy Monument

O, Uncommon Commoner! may your name
  Forever lead like a living flame!
    Unschooled scholar! how did you learn
      The wisdom a lifetime may not earn?
        Unsainted martyr! higher than saint!
          You were a man with a man's constraint.
            In the world, of the world was your lot;
              With it and for it the fight you fought,
                And never till Time is itself forgot
                  And the heart of man is a pulseless clot
                    Shall the blood flow slow, when we think the thought
                      Of Lincoln!
      - Edmund Vance Cooke, The Uncommon Commoner

A martyr to the cause of man,
  His blood is freedom's eucharist,
    And in the world's great hero list
      His name shall lead the van.
      - Charles Graham Halpine (used pseudonym Miles O'Reilly),
        Death of Lincoln

When Lincoln died, hate died--
  . . . .
    And anger, came to North and South
      When Lincoln died.
      - Col. William James Lampton, Lincoln

That nation has not lived in vain which has given the world Washington and Lincoln, the best great men and the greatest good men whom history can show. . . . You cry out in the words of Bunyan, "So Valiant-for-Truth passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side."
      - Henry Cabot Lodge, Lincoln,
        an address before the Massachusetts Legislature, Feb. 12, 1909

Nature, they say, doth dote,
  And cannot make a man
    Save on some worn-out plan
      Repeating us by rote:
        For him her Old World moulds aside she threw
          And, choosing sweet clay from the breast
            Of the unexhausted West,
              With stuff untainted shaped a hero new.
      - James Russell Lowell, A Hero New,
        ode at the Harvard Commemoration, VI

When the Norn-mother saw the Whirlwind Hour,
  Greatening and darkening as it hurried on,
    She bent the strenuous Heavens and came down
      To make a man to meet the mortal need.
        She took the tried clay of the common road--
          Clay warm yet with the genial heat of Earth,
            Dashed through it all a strain of prophecy;
              Then mixed a laughter with the serious stuff.
                It was a stuff to wear for centuries,
                  A man that matched the mountains, and compelled
                    The stars to look our way and honor us.
      - Edwin Markham,
        Lincoln, The Man of the People

Give us a man of God's own mould
  Born to marshall his fellow-men;
    One whose fame is not bought and sold
      At the stroke of a politician's pen.
        Give us the man of thousands ten,
          Fit to do as well as to plan;
            Give us a rallying-cry, and then
              Abraham Lincoln, give us a Man.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman, Give us a Man

Lo, as I gaze, the statured man,
  Built up from you large hand appears:
    A type that nature wills to plan
      But once in all a people's years.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman, Hand of Lincoln

Look on this cast, and know the hand
  That bore a nation in its hold;
    From this mute witness understand
      What Lincoln was--how large of mould.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman, Hand of Lincoln

No Caesar he whom we lament
  A Man without a precedent,
    Sent, it would seem to do
      His work, and perish, too.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard,
        The Man We Mourn Today

You lay a wreath on murdered Lincoln's bier,
  You, who with mocking pencil wont to trace,
    Broad for the self-complacent British sneer,
      His length of shambling limb, his furrowed face.
      - Tom Taylor,
        Britannia Sympathies with Columbia,
        in "Punch", May 6, 1865, attributed to him in his "Diary", May 10, 1865

He [Lincoln] has doctrines, not hatreds, and is without ambition except to do good and serve his country.
      - Elihu Benjamin Washburn,
        in the House of Representatives on the first nomination of Lincoln

"Railsplitter"
      - Elihu Benjamin Washburn,
        from incident of Lincoln splitting rails related by Washburn to House of Representatives

O captain! my captain! our fearful trip is done;
  The ship has weather'd every rack; the prize we sought is won;
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
      While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring?
        But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red,
          Where on the deck my captain lies, fallen cold and dead.
      - Walt Whitman, Captain! My Captain!

The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage is closed and done.
  From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won.
    Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells; but I with mournful tread
      Walk the deck my captain lies, fallen cold and dead.
      - Walt Whitman, Captain! My Captain!

This dust was once the man,
  Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand,
    Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
      Was saves the Union of these States.
      - Walt Whitman,
        Memories of President Lincoln--This Dust Was Once the Man


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