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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. A Statesman
By George Lunt (1803–1885)
STANCH at thy post, to meet life’s common doom,
It scarce seems death, to die as thou hast died;
Thy duty done, thy truth, strength, courage, tried,
And all things ripe for the fulfilling tomb!
A crown would mock thy hearse’s sable gloom,        5
Whose virtues raised thee higher than a throne,
Whose faults were erring nature’s, not his own,—
Such be thy sentence, writ with fame’s bright plume,
Amongst the good and great; for thou wast great,
In thought, word, deed,—like mightiest ones of old,—        10
Full of the honest truth which makes men bold,
Wise, pure, firm, just;—the noblest Roman’s state
Became not more a ruler of the free,
Than thy plain life, high thoughts, and matchless constancy!

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