Classic and Contemporary Poetry
T.C. PHILIPS, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: O noble heart, and brave impetuous
Last Line: And lifted thee to rest eternally.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The
O Noble heart, and brave impetuous hand!
So all engrossed in work of public weal!
Thou couldst not pursue thy own distress to feel
While maladies of Wrong oppressed the land.
The hopes that marshaled at thy pen's command
To cheer the Right, had not the power to heal
The ever-aching wounds thou didst conceal
Beneath a front so stoically bland
That no one guessed thy inward agony. -
Until the Master, leaning from His throne,
Heard some soul wailing in an undertone,
And bending lower down, discovered thee,
And clasped thy weary hand within His own
And lifted thee to rest eternally.
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