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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

A Dead Man

By John Boyle O’Reilly (1844–1890)

THE TRAPPER died—our hero—and we grieved;

In every heart in camp the sorrow stirred.

“His soul was red!” the Indian cried, bereaved;

“A white man, he!” the grim old Yankee’s word.

So, brief and strong, each mourner gave his best—

How kind he was, how brave, how keen to track;

And as we laid him by the pines to rest,

A negro spoke with tears: “His heart was black!”