Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE TRIBUTE OF HIS HOME, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: Bowed, midst a universal grief
Last Line: Our common friend and fellow citizen.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Death; Flags; Grief; Home; Tears; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness
BOWED, midst a universal grief that makes
Columbia's self a stricken mourner, cast
In tears beneath the old Flag at half-mast,
A sense of glory rouses us and breaks
Like song upon our sorrowing and shakes
The dew from our drenched eyes, that smile at last
In childish pride -- as though the great man passed
To his most high reward for our poor sakes.
Loved of all men -- we muse, -- yet ours he was --
Choice of the Nation's mighty brotherhood --
Her soldier, statesman, ruler. -- Ay, but then,
We knew him -- long before the world's applause
And after -- as a neighbor, kind and good,
Our common friend and fellow citizen.
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