Walt Whitman Poems: This Dust Was Once the Man.

The more familiar poem that is an ode to Lincoln’s death is Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain!

Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton and Major...

Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton and Major General John Alexander McClernand at the Battle of Antietam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This simpler poem, however, captures it all.

 

This Dust Was Once the Man

 

This dust was once the man,

Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand,

Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,

Was saved the Union of these States.

 

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

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