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ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE MASTER, by            
First Line: We need him now - his rugged faith that held
Last Line: Who willed us greater tasks, when set his sun.
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States


We need him now—his rugged faith that held
Fast to the rock of Truth through all the days
Of moil and strife, the sleepless nights; upheld
By very God was he—that God who stays

All hero-souls who will but trust in Him,
And trusting, labor as if God were not.
His eyes beheld the stars, clouds could not dim
Their glory; but his task was not forgot:

To keep his people one; to hold them true
To that fair dream their fathers willed to them—
Freedom for all; to spur them; to renew
Their hopes in bitter days; strife to condemn.
Such was his task, and well his work was done—
Who willed us greater tasks, when set his sun.





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