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ABRAHAM LINCOLN, by            
First Line: From these wild hills that ring with feudal strife
Last Line: In whose meek heart our great new age had birth.
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States


From these wild hills that ring with feudal strife,
From this dark land where eyes and souls are blind,
Be it my task to raise, for humankind,
A prophet-king who shall bring grace to life:
Thus to our sires spake wise and kindly Fate;
She brought them joy, and touched their hearts with hope
That men would not forever dumbly grope
In bogs of greed, in sloughs of lust and hate.
Thus came our Prophet, harbinger of peace --
Though who could guess what bloody years must be
Ere hate should yield to his rare charity! --
Or who could know how his strange life should cease!
Yet Fate failed not: she brought a god to earth
In whose meek heart our great new age had birth.





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