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BORN, JULY 12, 1809 - DIED, APRIL 15, 1865.

"After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well;
Treason has done his worst; nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing
Can touch him further."


"Hath born his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
The deep damnation of his taking off."


"Let's briefly put on manly readiness,
And question this most bloody piece of woe,
And know it further- Ill deeds are seldom slow,
Nor single- Dread horrors still abound-
Our country- it weeps, it bleeds; and each new day
A gash is added to her wounds."

Shakespeare applied to our National Bereavement.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, tributes of many kinds were published. This elegy uses quotes from William Shakespeare to pay homage. Most literate people in 1865 would have been familiar with the works of Shakespeare.


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Broadside of Abraham Lincoln's elegy

author   William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
date   Nov 30, 1864
location   Washington D.C.
height   12.75"
width   9.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Communication/Poetry/Ballad/Song
accession #   #L06.002

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Abraham Lincoln

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Excerpts from "Diary kept from Date of Father's Death- 1860" on President Lincoln

"The Constitutional Amendment" article from the Gazette and Courier newspaper

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