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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
 
Descriptive Poems: I. Personal: Rulers; Statesmen; Warriors
On the Life-Mask of Lincoln
Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
 
THIS bronze doth keep the very form and mould
  Of our great martyr’s face. Yes, this is he:
  That brow all wisdom, all benignity;
  That human, humorous mouth; those cheeks that hold
Like some harsh landscape all the summer’s gold;        5
  That spirit fit for sorrow, as the sea
  For storms to beat on; the lone agony
  Those silent, patient lips too well foretold.
Yes, this is he who ruled a world of men
  As might some prophet of the elder day,—        10
  Brooding above the tempest and the fray
With deep-eyed thought and more than mortal ken.
  A power was his beyond the touch of art
  Of armèd strength: his pure and mighty heart.
 
 
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