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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
 
Garfield
By Henry Bernard Carpenter (1840–1890)
 
[Born in Ireland, 1840. Died at Sorrento, Me., 1890.]

LO, as a pure white statue, wrought with care
  By some strong hand that moulds with tear and sigh
  Beauty more beautiful than things that die,—
And straight ’tis veiled; and whilst all men repair
To see this wonder in the workshop, there!        5
  Behold, it gleams unveiled to curious eye,
  Far-seen, high-placed in Art’s pale gallery,
Where all stand mute before a work so fair:
So he, our man of men, in vision stands,
  With Pain and Patience crowned imperial;        10
  Death’s veil has dropped; far from this house of woe
He hears one love-chant out of many lands,
  Whilst from his mystic morn-height he lets fall
  His shadow o’er these hearts that bleed below.

  1881.
 
 
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