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Lines...account Of Lincoln's Departure From Springfield For Washington Post by :Asuquo Category :Poems Author :Thomas Cowherd Date :October 2011 Read :2694

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Lines...account Of Lincoln's Departure From Springfield For Washington

LINES SUGGESTED BY THE NEW YORK TRIBUNE'S ACCOUNT
OF LINCOLN'S DEPARTURE FROM SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS,
FOR WASHINGTON.


He stood--the noble Lincoln--calm, though, sad,
About to part from those with whom he lived
So many years in sweetest amity.
Before him prospects which might well appal
The stoutest heart. His country, fondly cherished,
But erst so great and fair, the humbled victim
Of black traitors' arts, and on the verge
Of fearful ruin's widely yawning gulf.
While recollections of domestic bliss,
Such as but few enjoy, might well indeed
Make him quite loth to leave his much loved home.
With steady eye he views the concourse vast,
Big thoughts fast welling from his inmost soul
Too big for utterance. Yet a few choice words
Steal forth and fall upon attentive ears:
"Here have I lived for many, many years;
Here were my children born, and one beneath
The graveyard sod rests now in death, at peace!
I know not when each dear familiar face
Now left behind may glad my eyes again;
But this I know--a duty greater far
Than ever fell to man since Washington
Held Governmental reins, now falls to me.
Without God's aid he never could have known
Success. Upon that Being placed he still
His firm reliance, and succeeded well.
Succeed I cannot without aid Divine
Imparted to me in this hour of need.
I place in God my trust; and oh, my friends,
Pray you for me that I may have His help!
Then shall success, such as we well may crave,
Be mine for certain in this crisis dread.
I bid you all affectionate farewell."

This heard with throbbing hearts the gazing throng;
And, deeply moved within their bosom's depths,
Responded soon, "We will all pray for you!"
Upon this scene might Angels fondly gaze,
And place 't on record in high Heaven's archives,
That Lincoln, feeling his own weakness much,
His burden cast upon the Lord of all.

Go thus, thou chosen one, and firmly stand
For Truth and Freedom in the Halls of State!
Let no time-serving policy be thine;
But, placing round thee men of sterling worth,
Grasp tight the reins of Constitutional sway.
If go they will, let dupes of Slavery go,
And reap the baneful fruit they've nurtured long.
In this they'll find a certain, speedy cure,
For madness such as they have always shown.
Go, Lincoln, then, and if Canadians' prayers
May aught avail, thou may'st their prayers command.


FEBRUARY, 1861.


(The end)
Thomas Cowherd's poem: Lines...account Of Lincoln's Departure From Springfield For Washington

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