Vachel Lindsay

Springfield, Illinois
Vachel Lindsay
Springfield, Illinois
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Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight

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It is portentous, and a thing of state
That here at midnight, in our little town
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest,
Near the old court-house pacing up and down.

Or by his homestead, or in shadowed yards
He lingers where his children used to play,
Or through the market, on the well-worn stones
He stalks until the dawn-stars burn away.
A bronzed, lank man! His suit of ancient black,
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Mark Smith 02 March 2014
I just figured out I have a copy of this poem in his hand addressed to a Mrs.J. cameron bradley of boston dated march/2/1915...I never new
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B Nash 14 February 2010
A haunting and beautiful poem. I was just at Mr. Lindsay's home in Springfield two days ago. It's wonderfully preserved. For more Vachel Lindsay poetry on Lincoln visit: http: //
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Terence George Craddock 11 February 2010
Reminds me of The Ghost Train of Abraham Lincoln, when Lincoln's body was being transported in state across America by train, before being laid to rest, after his assassination. There is a subject for a haunting poem. anyone up for the challenge. The legends and circumstances are alluring.
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David Patrykus 14 April 2009
This poem can be read, in his own handwriting, on the sign in front of Vachel Lindsay's home in Springfield, Illinois. The home is open to the public on most Saturdays.
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