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Poem on Lincoln's Death
Posted by: Golden (---.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net)
Date: November 11, 2003 03:36PM

I am hoping that someone can help me find a poem that I read in college. It was taken from a poetry anthology and was about the assassination of President Lincoln. I remember that the poem raised the hairs on my arm, but sadly cannot remember the title or author. I do remember references to the republic and the civil war and that it was not O Captain, but nothing else. Any help in tracking down this amazing poem would be greatly appreciated. GoMR6@aol.com.


Re: Poem on Lincoln's Death
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: November 11, 2003 04:01PM

Perhaps this one by Melville:

THE MARTYR
(Indicative of the Passion of the People on the 15th Day of April, 1865)

by: Herman Melville (1819-1891)

GOOD Friday was the day
Of the prodigy and crime,
When they killed him in his pity,
When they killed him in his prime
Of clemency and calm--
When with yearning he was filled
To redeem the evil-willed,
And, though conqueror, be kind;
But they killed him in his kindness,
In their madness and their blindness,
And they killed him from behind.

There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand.

He lieth in his blood--
The father in his face;
They have killed him, the Forgiver--
The Avenger takes his place,
The Avenger wisely stern,
Who in righteousness shall do
What the heavens call him to,
And the parricides remand;
For they killed him in his kindness,
In their madness and their blindness,
And his blood is on their hand.

There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand.

Les


Re: Poem on Lincoln's Death
Posted by: Golden (---.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net)
Date: November 11, 2003 04:43PM

That is a great poem, but not the one I was looking for. Thank you Les for your time and contribution.


Re: Poem on Lincoln's Death
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.MCLNVA23.covad.net)
Date: November 11, 2003 04:58PM


Re: Poem on Lincoln's Death
Posted by: DD (---.wi.rr.com)
Date: December 09, 2003 07:01PM

O Captain my Captain - Walt Whitman.
Also check out "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", same author, same topic.Golden wrote:


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