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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
405. On the Defeat of a Great Man
By William Wilberforce
FALLEN? How fallen? States and empires fall;
    O’er towers and rock-built walls,
And perished nations, floods to tempests call
With hollow sound along the sea of time:
    The great man never falls.        5
He lives, he towers aloft, he stands sublime:
    They fall who give him not
The honor here that suits his future name,—
    They die and are forgot.
O Giant loud and blind! the great man’s fame        10
  Is his own shadow, and not cast by thee,—
    A shadow that shall grow
As down the heaven of time the sun descends,
    And on the world shall throw
His god-like image, till it sinks where blends        15
  Time’s dim horizon with Eternity.


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