Edgar Lee Masters

(23 August 1868 – 5 March 1950 / Kansas / United States)

Anne Rutledge - Poem by Edgar Lee Masters

Out of me unworthy and unknown
The vibrations of deathless music;
'With malice toward none, with charity for all.'
Out of me the forgiveness of millions toward millions,
And the beneficient face of a nation
Shining with justice and truth.
I am Anne Rutledge who sleep beneath these weeds,
Beloved in life of Abraham Lincoln,
Wedded to him, not through union,
But through separation.
Bloom forever, O Republic,
From the dust of my bosom!


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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