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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Poet’s Epitaph
 
Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849)
 
 
STOP, mortal! Here thy brother lies—
    The poet of the poor.
His books were rivers, woods, and skies,
    The meadow and the moor;
His teachers were the torn heart’s wail,        5
    The tyrant and the slave,
The street, the factory, the jail,
    The palace—and the grave.
Sin met thy brother everywhere!
    And is thy brother blam’d?        10
From passion, danger, doubt, and care,
    He no exemption claim’d
The meanest thing, earth’s feeblest worm,
    He fear’d to scorn or hate;
But, honoring in a peasant’s form        15
    The equal of the great,
He bless’d the steward, whose wealth makes
    The poor man’s little, more;
Yet loath’d the haughty wretch that takes
    From plunder’d labor’s store.        20
A hand to do, a head to plan,
    A heart to feel and dare—
Tell man’s worst foes, here lies the man
    Who drew them as they are.
 

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