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Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865 49
He filled the Nation's eye and heart,
An honored, loved, familiar name;
So much a brother, that his fame
His towering figure, sharp and spare,
The burden of a people's care.
His changing face what pen can.draw?
Pathetic, kindly, droll, or stern;
And with a glance so quick to learn The inmost truth of all he saw.
Frme found no idle space to spawn
Her fancies in his busy mind;
His worth—like health or air—could find No just appraisal till withdrawn.
He was his Country's—not his own!
He had no wish but for her weal;
Nor for himself could think or feel
Her flag upon the heights of power,
Was sent through every burdened hour.
Charles G. Ihratpine.