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AMELIA EARHART, by            
First Line: Speak of her not with dull or careless reference
Last Line: Speak of her proudly then, so valiant proved!
Subject(s): Earhart, Amelia (1897-1937); Honor; Praise


Speak of her not with dull or careless reference,
Gravely recall the bright name of the dead,
The doom-defyer, forced at last to deference
Before the mindless air, the dim sea-bed.
She was all human, at once shrinking and furious.
Pricked by a fear the brave alone endure
(Strange cancer in a species frail and curious)
She quenched her torment with a desperate cure.
Foolish to wager all by man beloved?
Swift lusty life so vainly fed to glory
Only to win the grim eventual grave --
Yet this most wilful gesture, to the story
Of human grandeur, fresh coronas gave.
Speak of her proudly then, so valiant proved!





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