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LINCOLN (2), by            
First Line: He walked among us and we passed him by
Last Line: The goal of their desires, with breaking dawn.
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States


He walked among us and we passed him by
And thought him but a country lawyer, crude
As our red prairies are, and more than rude
Who reveled in his jokes and deviltry.
We could not know the heart within that breast
Until the blood flowed freely from the wound
A madman made; then was it that we found
That God had loaned us for a time His Best.
And now the nations, since their kings are gone,
Have taken him across the wide-flung sea
To rule their hearts as well as ours; to be
The goal of their desires, with breaking dawn.





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