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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
September 26
John George Nicolay
By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
 
          John Nicolay, who died on Sept. 26, 1901, was the private secretary of President Lincoln and joint author, with John Hay, of a life of the President.

  THIS man loved Lincoln, him did Lincoln love;
  Through the long storm, right there, by Lincoln’s side,
  He stood, his shield and servitor; when died
The great, sweet, sorrowful soul,—still high above
All other passions, that for the spirit fled!        5
  To this one task his pure life was assigned:
  He strove to make the world know Lincoln’s mind:
He served him living, and he served him dead.
  So shall the light from that immortal fame
  Keep bright forever this most faithful name.        10
 
 
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