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TO HENRY LINCOLN JOHNSON - LAWYER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Quite firmly did you stand, and unafraid
Last Line: To rally in the tents of those you led.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Johnson, Henry Lincoln


Quite firmly did you stand, and unafraid
Before that haughty bar that sought to hold
You fettered, lest you strengthen and grow bold
To break a clearing through that fetid glade
Which their benighted prejudice had made;
They taunted you with darkling hints of gold,
Preferring you were bought as you had sold,
They weaved their webs like spiders in the shade.

But as a giant in the falling night
Of storm, you forged afore with ruthless tread,
To offer up your heart's blood in the fight,
Forgetting self, unmindful, unafraid,
Nor pausing until thrice acclaimed the right
To rally in the tents of those you led.





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