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Thomas Jefferson Poems

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  1. The Jefferson Monument by Edward A. Allen

  1. The Jefferson Monument

    by Edward A. Allen

    The granite of his native hills,
    Mother of monumental men,
    Virginia gave, whose page her Plutarch fills
    With undiminished deeds of sword and pen.

    More fitting far than molten bronze,
    Or polished marble carved by art,
    This monument of him who broke the bonds
    That bound in fetters every human heart.

    The column rises in all lands,
    When sinks the soldier to his rest;
    This cenotaph of rustic plainness stands
    To him who gave an empire to the West.

    Not with the blood of thousands slain,
    With children's cries and mothers, tears;
    The statesman's wisdom won this vast domain
    With gain of honest toil through peaceful years.

    The highest honor of his State
    And of his country came unsought;
    It was not this, O men, that made him great,
    Of this is nothing on the tablet wrought.

    His pen declared his country free,
    Equal and free his fellow-man:
    Freedom in church and state, the right to be,
    If Nature wills, the first American.

    'Tis well the shaft by him devised
    Rests here in Learning's classic shade;
    To be her patron was by him more prized
    Than all the honors that the nation paid.

    Oh, may his spirit linger near,
    As by old Monticello's slope;
    Inspire Missouri's sons who gather here
    With all the scholar's love, the patriot's hope.

    And He who holds the nation's fate
    Within the hollow of His hand
    Preserve the Union ever strong and great,
    And guide the statesmen of our native land.