Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ROBERT E. LEE, by GAMALIEL BRADFORD

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ROBERT E. LEE, by            
First Line: O, robert lee, you paladin
Last Line: "good friend, it really doesn't matter."
Subject(s): Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870)

O Robert Lee, you paladin,
I wonder how my words would strike you.
I know the portrait might have been
In many, many ways more like you.

But you would not have had me plan
To make your figure more heroic
For you would rather be a man
Than just a marble hearted stoic.

And I can often hear you say,
When they condemn and when they flatter,
In your divinely tender way,
"Good friend, it really doesn't matter."

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