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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
John Greenleaf Whittier. 1807–1892
 
75. Ichabod
 
SO fallen! so lost! the light withdrawn 
    Which once he wore! 
The glory from his gray hairs gone 
    Forevermore! 
  
Revile him not,—the Tempter hath         5
    A snare for all; 
And pitying tears, not scorn and wrath, 
    Befit his fall! 
  
O, dumb be passion's stormy rage, 
    When he who might  10
Have lighted up and led his age, 
    Falls back in night. 
  
Scorn! would the angels laugh, to mark 
    A bright soul driven, 
Fiend-goaded, down the endless dark,  15
    From hope and heaven! 
  
Let not the land once proud of him 
    Insult him now, 
Nor brand with deeper shame his dim, 
    Dishonored brow.  20
  
But let its humbled sons, instead, 
    From sea to lake, 
A long lament, as for the dead, 
    In sadness make. 
  
Of all we loved and honored, naught  25
    Save power remains,— 
A fallen angel's pride of thought, 
    Still strong in chains. 
  
All else is gone; from those great eyes 
    The soul has fled:  30
When faith is lost, when honor dies, 
    The man is dead! 
  
Then, pay the reverence of old days 
    To his dead fame; 
Walk backward, with averted gaze,  35
    And hide the shame! 
 
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