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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
On the Life-Mask of Abraham Lincoln
By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
 
THIS bronze doth keep the very form and mold
  Of our great martyr’s face. Yes, this is he:
  That brow all wisdom, all benignity;
That human, humorous mouth; those cheeks that hold
Like some harsh landscape all the summer’s gold;        5
  That spirit fit for sorrow, as the sea
  For storms to beat on; the lone agony
Those silent, patient lips too well foretold.
Yes, this is he who ruled a world of men
  As might some prophet of the elder day—        10
  Brooding above the tempest and the fray
With deep-eyed thought and more than mortal ken.
A power was his beyond the touch of art
Or armèd strength—his pure and mighty heart.
 
 
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