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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
June 1
Destiny
By Emma Lazarus (1849–1887)
 
BORN to the purple, lying stark and dead,
Transfixed with poisoned spears, beneath the sun
Of brazen Africa! Thy grave is one,
Fore-fated youth (on whom were visited
Follies and sins not thine), whereat the world,        5
Heartless howe’er it be, will pause to sing
A dirge, to breathe a sigh, a wreath to fling
Of rosemary and rue with bay-leaves curled.
Enmeshed in toils ambitious, not thine own,
Immortal, loved boy-prince, thou tak’st thy stand        10
With early doomed Don Carlos, hand in hand
With mild-browed Arthur, Geoffrey’s murdered son.
Louis the Dauphin lifts his thorn-ringed head,
And welcomes thee, his brother, ’mongst the dead.
 
 
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