ROBERT EDWARD LEE by Duval PorterTho' Homor sings of Grecian Isles In strains that every heart beguiles, How warriors fought and heroes fell For Helen, false and fickle belle; Tho' France with martial joy may own The greatest warrior world has known, Let Albion proud as is her due, Boast of decisive Waterloo -- And yet Virginia rightly claims The greatest galaxy of names In modern times, if not in all, Names which for adoration call. First, Henry, whose impassion'd zeal And eloquence made others feel The force of his resistless plea For either death or liberty; Then Washington, where can you trace In annals of the human race In any clime, a greater claim To immortality and fame? And still to-day Virginia gives A name that now and ever lives; As softening centuries come and go, This name, will ever greater grow, This name as moveless as the base Of yonder mountain from its place. The North, the South, the East, the West, Alike will honor Lee, the best, The highest, noblest type of man, Yet genuine American. In war a sword without a stain, In peace so gently and humane That hostile critics were disarm'd And prais'd the man they would have harm'd. Lee, an immortal, cannot die -- Fixed star in fame's eternal sky, Where none will ever brighter be Than name of Robert Edward Lee.
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