Alice Cary

(1820-1871 / USA)

Abraham Lincoln

No glittering chaplet brought from other lands!
As in his life, this man, in death, is ours;
His own loved prairies o'er his 'gaunt, gnarled hands,'
Have fitly drawn their sheet of summer flowers!

What need hath he now of a tardy crown,
His name from mocking jest and sneer to save
When every plowman turns his furrow down
As soft as though it fell upon his grave?

He was a man whose like the world again
Shall never see, to vex with blame or praise;
The landmarks that attest his bright, brief reign,
Are battles, not the pomps of gala days!

The grandest leader of the grandest war
That ever time in history gave a place,-
What were the tinsel flattery of a star
To such a breast! or what a ribbon's grace!

'Tis to th' man, and th' man's honest worth,
The Nation's loyalty in tears upsprings;
Through him the soil of labor shines henceforth,
High o'er the silken broideries of kings.

The mechanism of eternal forms-
The shifts that courtiers put their bodies through-
Were alien ways to him: his brawny arms
Had other work than posturing to do.

Submitted: Friday, April 11, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Abraham Lincoln by Alice Cary )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members.. Updates

New Poems

  1. Flying October, Vinaya Joseph
  2. অলস কবি, Yakub Ali
  3. Intimately Caressed, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. চান যা পাবেন তা!, Md. Ziaul Haque
  5. Purposeful Enigma, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. The Coming Of Harmattan, Tony Adah
  7. Pursuing Rhythms, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Innocense, ekta mudgal
  9. What Would Happen, IF I Were Unseen?, Mr. Nobody
  10. The Buried Past, David Lewis Paget

Poem of the Day

poet William Butler Yeats

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
...... Read complete »


Modern Poem

poet Anna Akhmatova


Member Poem

poet Sumita Datta

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. A Drinking Song, William Butler Yeats
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  10. Television, Roald Dahl

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]