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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
November 30
Jefferson Davis
By Harry Thurston Peck (1856–1914)
(Died November 30, 1879)

NO paltry promptings of unglutted hate
  The Nation feels for him who erst assailed
Her life, and strove against the will of fate
To found an Empire and destroy a State.
  She stands to-day magnificently mailed        5
In loyal love, too gloriously great
  For thought of vengeance that were all too late.
And he whose death her sons would once have hailed
  With joy, now slinks through the dark Oblivion’s gate,
With this his epitaph: When others quailed,        10
  He staked his all upon one cast of fate
And lost—and lived to know that he had failed!

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