Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, by ROBERT WHITAKER

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN, by            
First Line: There is no name in all our country's story
Last Line: He has a place alone.
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States

THERE is no name in all our country's story
So loved as his today:
No name that so unites the things of glory
With life's plain, common way.

Poor as the poorest were his days' beginnings,
The earth-floored cabin home.
And yet, compared with his, our rich man's winnings
Are fleeting as the foam.

His was a tragedy such deeps concealing
All eyes with his grow dim.
And his a humor so sincerely healing
The whole world laughs with him.

He knew the doubter's doubt, the restless heaving
Of the swift waves of youth.
He knew the calm of faith, the strong believing
Of him who lives the truth.

So manifold his life, the great-souled Lincoln
Makes every life his own.
Therefore of all our heroes whom we think on
He has a place alone.

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