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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
687. Heredity
 
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich
 
 
A SOLDIER of the Cromwell stamp,
With sword and psalm-book by his side,
At home alike in church and camp:
Austere he lived, and smileless died.
 
But she, a creature soft and fine—        5
From Spain, some say, some say from France;
Within her veins leapt blood like wine—
She led her Roundhead lord a dance!
 
In Grantham church they lie asleep;
Just where, the verger may not know.        10
Strange that two hundred years should keep
The old ancestral fires aglow!
 
In me these two have met again;
To each my nature owes a part:
To one, the cool and reasoning brain;        15
To one, the quick, unreasoning heart.
 

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