Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CARTER GLASS OF VIRGINIA, by JOHN FRANCIS STEELE

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First Line: There stands a man who looks out from the stars
Last Line: There stands a man!
Subject(s): Nations; Stars; War

There stands a man who looks out from the stars
And views the gathering turmoil of a nation's discontent
As sagas of the olden time show fighters came and went
But left their mark with shining scimitars.

With tempered sword he tilts in knightly spars
To rouse the sleeping herd to watch the nation's bent;
A statesman of the Spartan mold, his trenchant speech has rent
The national halls of freedom like the gong of ancient Mars --
There stands a man!

He holds no fear of conquest, he woos the fighter's part,
He knows the curb of free men is serfdom in disguise,
He stands like Patrick Henry and brooks no compromise --
He is a knight who aims a fearless dart --
There stands a man!

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