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THE SECOND COMING, by            
First Line: Clutching their bosomed wealth, they made their cry
Last Line: Grew dark with sneers.
Alternate Author Name(s): Daly, T. A.
Subject(s): Judgments; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States

CLUTCHING their bosomed wealth, they made their cry:
"Oh, that our Lincoln's strong, unbending frame
Might loom against this wild, war-crimsoned sky!" . . .
And Lincoln came.

He was as when he lived, the quaint and queer
Rough casket of the living heart of gold.
"And these," he thought, "save they no longer sneer,
Are as of old."

But they, with lifted faces all aflame,
Beheld their hopes new blossoming and cried:
"We have no leaders worthy of the name;
Be thou our guide!"

He bent on them his cryptic smile once more;
He gave them timely truth in rough-hewn jests
And laid accusing finger on the sore
In their own breasts.

And all his words Pride's ancient armor found,
And all his words rebuilt dismantled years,
For lo! the faces circling him around
Grew dark with sneers.

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