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First Line: Out of me unworthy and unknown
Last Line: From the dust of my bosom!
Subject(s): Death; Patriotism; Rutledge, Ann (1813-1855); Dead, The


Out of me unworthy and unknown
The vibrations of deathless music;
"With malice toward none, with charity for all."
Out of me the forgiveness of millions toward millions,
And the beneficent face of a nation
Shining with justice and truth.
I am Anne Rutledge who sleeps beneath these weeds,
Beloved in life of Abraham Lincoln,
Wedded to him, not through union,
But through separation.
Bloom forever, O Republic,
From the dust of my bosom!





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