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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
To George Peabody
By Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
BANKRUPT—our pockets inside out!
  Empty of words to speak his praises!
Worcester and Webster up the spout!
  Dead broke of laudatory phrases!
But why with flowery speeches tease,        5
  With vain superlatives distress him?
Has language better words than these?
  The friend of all his race, God bless him!
A simple prayer—but words more sweet
  By human lips were never uttered,        10
Since Adam left the country seat
  Where angel wings around him fluttered.
The old look on with tear-dimmed eyes,
  The children cluster to caress him,
And every voice unbidden cries,        15
  The friend of all his race, God bless him!

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