Francis Miles Finch

(1827-1907 / the United States)

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Francis Miles Finch (June 9, 1827–July 31, 1907) was an American judge, poet, and academic associated with the early years of Cornell University. One of his poems, The Blue and the Gray, is frequently reprinted to this day.

Francis Miles Finch was born in on June 9, 1827, in Ithaca, New York. He was educated at Yale University, where, according to a contemporary, he was a ... more »

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Nathan Hale

To drum-beat and heart-beat,
A soldier marches by:
There is color in his cheek,
There is courage in his eye,
Yet to drum-beat and heart-beat
In a moment he must die.

By starlight and moonlight,
He seeks the Briton's camp;
He hears the rustling flag,
And the armed sentry's tramp;
And the starlight and moonlight
His silent wanderings lamp.

With slow tread and still tread,
He scans the tented line;
And he counts the battery guns
By the gaunt and shadowy pine;
And his slow tread and still tread
Gives no warning sign. ...

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