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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
342. The Poet
 
By Cornelius Mathews
 
 
GATHER all kindreds of this boundless realm
  To speak a common tongue in thee! Be thou—
Heart, pulse, and voice, whether pent hate o’erwhelm
  The stormy speech or young love whisper low.
Cheer them, immitigable battle-drum!        5
  Forth, truth-mailed, to the old unconquered field,
And lure them gently to a laurelled home,
  In notes more soft than lutes or viols yield.
Fill all the stops of life with tuneful breath;
Closing their lids, bestow a dirge-like death!        10
 

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