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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
March 4
To Alexander H. Stephens
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
 
          Vice-President of the Southern Confederacy. He died on March 4, 1883.

LAST of a stalwart time and race gone by,
  That simple, stately, God-appointed band,
  Who wrought alone to glorify their land,
With lives built high on truth’s eternity,
  While placemen plot, while flatterers fawn or lie,        5
  And foul corruptions, wave on wave, expand,
  I see thee rise, stainless of heart as hand,
O man of Roman thought and radiant eye!
 
Through thy frail form, there burn divinely strong
  The antique virtues of a worthier day;        10
Thy soul is golden, if thy head be gray,
No years can work that lofty nature wrong;
They set to concords of ethereal song
  A life grown holier on its heavenward way.
 
 
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