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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
 
On a Portrait of Servetus
By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
 
THOU grim and haggard wanderer who dost look
  With haunting eyes forth from the narrow page,—
  I know what fires consumed with inward rage
  Thy broken frame, what tempests chilled and shook!
Ah, could not thy remorseless foeman brook        5
  Time’s sure devourment, but must needs assuage
  His anger in thy blood, and blot the age
  With that dark crime which virtue’s semblance took!
Servetus! that which slew thee lives to-day,
  Though in new forms it taints our modern air;        10
  Still in heaven’s name the deeds of hell are done:
Still on the high-road, ’neath the noon-day sun,
  The fires of hate are lit for them who dare
  Follow their Lord along the untrodden way.
 
 
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