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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


By Henry Bernard Carpenter (1840–1890)

[Born in Ireland, 1840. Died at Sorrento, Me., 1890.]

LO, as a pure white statue, wrought with care

By some strong hand that moulds with tear and sigh

Beauty more beautiful than things that die,—

And straight ’tis veiled; and whilst all men repair

To see this wonder in the workshop, there!

Behold, it gleams unveiled to curious eye,

Far-seen, high-placed in Art’s pale gallery,

Where all stand mute before a work so fair:

So he, our man of men, in vision stands,

With Pain and Patience crowned imperial;

Death’s veil has dropped; far from this house of woe

He hears one love-chant out of many lands,

Whilst from his mystic morn-height he lets fall

His shadow o’er these hearts that bleed below.