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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. Florence Nightingale
By Richard Henry Stoddard (1825–1903)
ENGLAND, if Time from out the Book of Fame
  Should blot the desperate valor of thy men,
In the Crimea, an Englishwoman’s name,
  As sweet as ever came from poet’s pen,
Would still defy him,—Florence Nightingale!        5
  Honor to that fair girl, whose pitying heart
  Led her across the sea, to ease the smart
Of soldier-wounds, and soothe the soldier’s wail.
Men can be great when great occasions call:
  In little duties women find their spheres,—        10
The narrow cares that cluster round the hearth;
  But this dear woman wipes a nation’s tears,
And wears the crown of womanhood for all:
Happy the land that gave such goodness birth!

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