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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
 
Hugh Latimer
By Henry Augustin Beers (1847–1926)
 
[From The Thankless Muse. 1885.]

HIS lips amid the flame outsent
  A music strong and sweet,
Like some unearthly instrument
  That’s played upon by heat.
 
As spice-wood tough, laid on the coal,        5
  Sets all its perfume free,
The incense of his hardy soul
  Rose up exceedingly.
 
To open that great flower, too cold
  Were sun and vernal rain;        10
But fire has forced it to unfold,
  Nor will it shut again.
 
 
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