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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
The Poet
By Cornelius Mathews (1817–1889)
 
GATHER all kindreds of this boundless realm
  To speak a common tongue in thee! Be thou—
Heart, pulse, and voice, whether pent hate o’erwhelm
  The stormy speech or young love whisper low.
Cheer them, immitigable battle-drum!        5
  Forth, truth-mailed, to the old unconquered field,
And lure them gently to a laurelled home,
  In notes more soft than lutes or viols yield.
Fill all the stops of life with tuneful breath;
Closing their lids, bestow a dirge-like death!        10
 
 
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