Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LINCOLN, by NICHOLAS VACHEL LINDSAY

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First Line: Would I might rouse the lincoln in you all
Last Line: Fire that freed the slave.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lindsay, Vachel
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States

Would I might rouse the Lincoln in you all,
That which is gendered in the wilderness
From lonely prairies and God's tenderness.
Imperial soul, star of a weedy stream,
Born where the ghosts of buffaloes still dream,
Whose spirit hoof-beats storm above his grave,
Above that breast of earth and prairie-fire --
Fire that freed the slave.

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