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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
 
Tourguénieff
By William Morton Payne (1858–1919)
 
SILENT the lips that quivered as they told
  The tale of deep, time-consecrated wrong;
  Quiet the hand which held the pen so long
And used so well, that men, who bought and sold
Their fellow-men, were startled to behold        5
  Themselves arraigned for judgment in the strong
  Clear light of truth—a conscience-stricken throng,
Plague-spotted, in the ranks of death enrolled.
What thou hast done, we know, but fain would know
  What thou hast seen; what lesson was in life        10
For thee! This only? that in grief men go
  Even as they came, hence; this, that woe is rife
And hope illusive; this, that with a foe
  Unconquerable men wage ceaseless strife?

  1889.
 
 
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