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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1228. J. B.
 
June 7, 1880
 
By Henry Cuyler Bunner
 
 
THE ACTOR’S dead, and memory alone
Recalls the genial magic of his tone;
Marble nor canvas nor the printed page
Shall tell his genius to another age:
A memory, doomed to dwindle less and less,        5
His world-wide fame shrinks to this littleness.
Yet if, a half a century from to-day,
A tender smile about our old lips play,
And if our grandchild query whence it came,
We ’ll say: “A thought of Brougham.”—        10
            And that is Fame!
 

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