Poetry of Kansas

Robert E. Lee

(Steamer foundered off Vicksbury, Sept. 30, '82.
On, thou proud Robert Lee,
    No longer you'll plow
The deep river so free,
    With thy proud heaving prow.
Thy beauty, thy splendor,
    Thy grandeur, thy fame,
Have perished___and tender
    We handle thy name.
Brave one of tho bravest,
    Brave captain, brave crew;
Thy namesake the bravest
    Of all men that grew.
No more on the river
    So glassy and smooth,
Will float thou, no never,
    And o'er its deep move.
How long you have traveled
    From the gulf to mid land;
All others out-rivaled
    On the sweet silvered strand.
Thy days now are numbered,
    Though thy name will e'er last;
On the page it is numbered
    Of the immortal past.
The flames have consumed thee,
    And laid thee awaste;
But thy name, Robert Lee,
    It can never efface.

__James A. DeMoss


Kansas Zephyrs
James A. DeMoss
(Thayer, Kansas: ___. 1892)
Pages 36-37

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