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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
March 13
For a Portrait of Felice Orsini
Anonymous
 
          Felice Orsini was an Italian patriot and revolutionist. He attempted, in company with others, to assassinate Napoleon III., and was executed, March 13, 1858.

STEADFAST as sorrow, fiery sad, and sweet
  With underthoughts of love and faith, more strong
  Than doubt and hate and all ill thoughts which throng,
Haply, round hope’s or fear’s world-wandering feet
That find no rest from wandering till they meet        5
  Death, bearing palms in hand and crowns of song;
  His face, who thought to vanquish wrong with wrong,
Erring, and make rage and redemption meet,
Havoc and freedom; weaving in one weft
Good with his right hand, evil with his left;        10
  But all a hero lived and erred and died;
Looked thus upon the living world he left
  So bravely that with pity less than pride
  Men hail him Patriot and Tyrannicide.
 
 
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