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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
October 30
John A. Andrew
By Louise Chandler Moulton (1835–1908)
          Governor of Massachusetts from 1861 to 1866. One of the most active of the “war governors.” He died on Oct. 30, 1867.

O LARGE of heart, and grand, and calm,
  Who held the helm of state so long,
Our plaining mingles with our praise,
  Our sorrow sanctifies our song.
Clear eyes, kind lips so silent now,        5
  Ear deaf to all our worldly din,
Great soul which has not left its peer,
  We would the grave sods had shut in
Some lesser man, and we, to-day
  Had thy strong will to urge us on,        10
Thy brain to plan, thy hands to help,
  Thy cheerful voice to say “well done!”

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