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THE SOBBING OF THE BELLS (MIDNIGHT, SEPT. 19-20, 1881), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sobbing of the bells, the sudden death-news every
Last Line: Those heart-beats of a nation in the night.
Subject(s): Assassination; Garfield, James Abram (1831-1881)


The sobbing of the bells, the sudden death-news everywhere,
The slumbers rouse, the rapport of the People,
(Full well they know that message in the darkness,
Full well return, respond within their breasts, their
brains, the sad reverberations,)
The passionate toll and clang -- city to city, joining,
sounding, passing,
Those heart-beats of a Nation in the night.





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