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TO EDWIN MARKHAM, by            
First Line: They would not let him pass, the gods of wrong
Last Line: He goes the road where all life's martyrs glow!
Subject(s): Markham, Edwin (1852-1940); Sonnet (as Literary Form)

They would not let him pass, the Gods of Wrong,
Without his shadowy tree, his crown of thorn;
The Mighty One who fashioned him, the Norn,
Built him too well, made him too fierce and strong;
The Gods of Greed had feared his voice too long;
He thundered down the world for he was born
To right old wrongs and comfort those who mourn;
The stars in his eyes and on his lips a song!
They would not let him pass as others go,
They had a score to settle on earth's stage;
They waited -- and they struck at him in age!
The cruel Gods of Wrong -- and with one blow
They loosed their fury on their ancient foe --
He goes the road where all life's Martyrs glow!

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