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EDMUND CLARENCE STEADMAN, by            
First Line: Life laid upon his forehead a caress
Last Line: And lives, the well-beloved of his time!
Subject(s): Stedman, Edmund Clarence (1833-1908)


Life laid upon his forehead a caress
And, smiling, gave him for his birthright dower,
Humor and judgment, passion, purpose, power,
And gifts of vision, pure and limitless:
Then, -- for she ever tempers man's success,
Nursing the canker in Earth's fairest flower, --
She added pain; and taught him, hour by hour,
To know that only blessed which doth bless!

So, following the Gleam from early youth,
He lent a strengthening hand, and gave his heart,
And aided feet, less sure than his, to climb:
He sacrificed not others to his art,
But worshipped beauty with unselfish truth,
And lives, the well-beloved of his time!





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