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The Eagle that is Forgotten
By Vachel Lindsay
(Poet and minstrel of Springfield, Illinois, 18791931; has tramped over many parts of the United States with his leaflet of Rhymes to be Traded for Bread. He has rediscovered the Homeric chant, and poured into it the life of the Middle West. The following poem is addressed to John P. Altgeld, once Governor of Illinois, who, having convinced himself that the so-called Chicago Anarchists were innocent of the crime charged against them, pardoned them, and thereby sacrificed his political career)
SLEEP softly eagle forgotten under the stone.
Time has its way with you there, and the clay has its own.
We have buried him now, thought your foes, and in secret rejoiced.
They made a brave show of their mourning, their hatred unvoiced.
They had snarled at you, barked at you, foamed at you, day after day,