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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
April 27
Grant at Rest
By John James Meehan
          The remains of General Grant were placed in the tomb on Riverside Drive, April 27, 1897.

NOT like the tombs where sleep Egyptian kings,
  Raised up by bondmen driven from afar
Is thy last home; a song of glory rings
  Above the cannon of forgotten war.
Gone are the steeds of strife and battle now;        5
  Furled are the flags that billowed over them;
Folded the hands and quiescent the brow
  That faced their call and knew their requiem.
O River, flowing onward by the shore,
  Keep green the grass that rises from the sod        10
Where men that are shall falter nevermore,
  And slaves that were uplift free hands to God!

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