WE celebrate with pomp and pride"Thomas Bailey Aldrich" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Writer (April 1907) and Lyrics of Life (1909).
A Cromwell or a Wellington;
We venerate who, self-denied,
Earth's higher victories have won;
But through the all-remembering years,
We love who give us smiles and tears.
The voice that charmed us may grow still,
The poet cease to weave his spell:
Ascended to the skyey hill
Remote, where the immortals dwell,—
Time to our thought but more endears
Who gave us smiles and gave us tears.