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First Line: When abraham lincoln was shoveled into the tombs, he forgot the copperheads
Last Line: The dust ... In the cool tombs.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Graves; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; Graveyards; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


WHEN Abraham Lincoln was shoveled into the tombs, he forgot the
copperheads and the assassin ... in the dust, in the cool tombs.

And Ulysses Grant lost all thought of con men and Wall Street, cash
and collateral turned ashes ... in the dust, in the cool tombs.

Pocahontas' body, lovely as a poplar, sweet as a red haw in November
or a pawpaw in May, did she wonder? does she remember? ... in the
dust, in the cool tombs?

Take any streetful of people buying clothes and groceries, cheering a
hero or throwing confetti and blowing tin horns ... tell me if the
lovers are losers ... tell me if any get more than the lovers ... in
the dust ... in the cool tombs.






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