Great captains,with their guns and drums,
Disturb our judgment for the hour,
But at last silence comes;
These all are gone,and,standing like a tower,
Our children shall behold his fame,
The kindly-earnest,brave,foreseeing man,
Sagacious,patient,dreading praise,not blame,
New birth of our new soil,the first American.
From From "Harvard Commemoration Ode."
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