The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley - Vol. 2

The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley - Vol. 2

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The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley - Vol. 2

The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley - Vol. 2

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O NOBLE heart, and brave impetuous hand!
So all engrossed in work of public weal
Thou couldst not pause thy own distress to feel
While maladies of Wrong oppressed the land.
The hopes that marshaled at thy pen's command
To cheer the Right, had not the power to heal
The ever-aching wounds thou didst conceal
Beneath a front so stoically bland
That no one guessed thy inward agony, --
Until the Master, leaning from his throne,
Heard some soul wailing in an undertone,
And bending lower down, discovered thee,
And clasped thy weary hand within His own
And lifted thee to rest eternally.

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