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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
A Soldier’s Grave
By John Albee (1833–1915)
 
[Born in Bellingham, Mass., 1833. Died in Washington, D.C., 1915. From Poems. 1888.]

(At Newcastle)

  BREAK not his sweet repose—
Thou whom chance brings to this sequestered ground,
  The sacred yard his ashes close,
But go thy way in silence; here no sound
Is ever heard but from the murmuring pines,        5
  Answering the sea’s near murmur;
  Nor ever here comes rumor
Of anxious world or war’s foregathering signs.
  The bleaching flag, the faded wreath,
  Mark the dead soldier’s dust beneath,        10
  And show the death he chose;
Forgotten save by her who weeps alone,
And wrote his fameless name on this low stone:
  Break not his sweet repose.
 
 
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