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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
William Ellery Leonard. 1876–
 
70. To the Victor
 
MAN'S mind is larger than his brow of tears; 
This hour is not my all of time; this place 
My all of earth; nor this obscene disgrace 
My all of life; and thy complacent sneers 
Shall not pronounce my doom to my compeers         5
While the Hereafter lights me in the face, 
And from the Past, as from the mountain's base, 
Rise, as I rise, the long tumultuous cheers. 
And who slays me must overcome a world: 
Heroes at arms, and virgins who became  10
Mothers of children, prophecy and song; 
Walls of old cities with their flags unfurled; 
Peaks, headlands, ocean and its isles of fame— 
And sun and moon and all that made me strong! 
 
 
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