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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1437. Geronimo
 
By Ernest McGaffey
 
 
BESIDE that tent and under guard
In majesty alone he stands,
As some chained eagle, broken-winged,
With eyes that gleam like smouldering brands,—
A savage face, streaked o’er with paint,        5
And coal-black hair in unkempt mane.
Thin, cruel lips, set rigidly,—
A red Apache Tamerlane.
 
As restless as the desert winds,
Yet here he stands like carven stone,        10
His raven locks by breezes moved
And backward o’er his shoulders blown;
Silent, yet watchful as he waits
Robed in his strange, barbaric guise,
While here and there go searchingly        15
The cat-like wanderings of his eyes.
 
The eagle feather on his head
Is dull with many a bloody stain,
While darkly on his lowering brow
Forever rests the mark of Cain.        20
Have you but seen a tiger caged
And sullen through his barriers glare?
Mark well his human prototype,
The fierce Apache fettered there.
 

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