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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 Dead Man
By John Boyle O’Reilly (1844–1890)
 
THE TRAPPER died—our hero—and we grieved;
  In every heart in camp the sorrow stirred.
“His soul was red!” the Indian cried, bereaved;
  “A white man, he!” the grim old Yankee’s word.
 
So, brief and strong, each mourner gave his best—        5
  How kind he was, how brave, how keen to track;
And as we laid him by the pines to rest,
  A negro spoke with tears: “His heart was black!”
 
 
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