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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
July 23
By Francis F. Browne (1843–1913)
          General Ulysses S. Grant died July 23, 1885.

NOT by the ball or brand
Sped by a mortal hand,
Not by the lightning stroke
When fiery tempests broke,—
Not mid the ranks of war        5
Fell the great Conqueror.
Unmoved, undismayed,
In the crash and carnage of the cannonade,—
Eye that dimmed not, hand that failed not,
Brain that swerved not, heart that quailed not,        10
Steel nerve, iron form,—
The dauntless spirit that o’erruled the storm.
While the Hero peaceful slept
A foeman to his chamber crept,
Lightly to the slumberer came,        15
Touched his brow and breathed his name:
O’er the stricken form there passed
Suddenly an icy blast.
The Hero woke, rose undismayed,
Saluted Death, and sheathed his blade.        20
The Conqueror of a hundred fields
To a mightier Conqueror yields;
No mortal foeman’s blow
Laid the great Soldier low:
Victor in his latest breath—        25
Vanquished but by Death.

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