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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
January 23
Phillips Brooks
By John Hall Ingham (1860–1931)
 
FALLEN that mighty form,
  Silent the voice
That through the sin and storm
  Made men rejoice.
 
Not alone Friendship stands        5
  Mute and forlorn—
Over all English lands
  Myriads mourn.
 
Soldier, as one he fought
  Loving the strife;        10
Teacher, a truth he taught
  Radiant with life.
 
The narrow bounds he burst
  Of creed and clan,
Seeing in sinner first        15
  Brother and man;
 
Kept through maturer might
  Fervor of youth;
Saw through the smoke of rite
  The Sun of Truth;        20
 
Let faded dogmas drop,
  Sure of the Soul—
Fearless that Doubt would stop
  Man from his goal;
 
Drew from the dust and weeds        25
  Lessons of Love
Sown in our earthly needs,
  Garnered above;
 
Saw in the stars and sea
  Symbols sublime,        30
Gleams of Eternity,
  Hopes beyond Time;
 
Heard heavenly whisperings
  Where’er he trod,
Felt through the frame of things        35
  The pulse of God.
 
O, dying century, test
  Thy sons and say,
“My bravest, truest, best,
  “I lose this day!”        40
 
 
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