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Beyond this Ah, not this granite dead and cold.

Beyond this Ah not theis granite dead and cold,
Far, far far fromthis base and shaft expanding—the
        round zones circling, comprehending,
No lurid fame exceptional, nor monstrous intellect, nor conquest's dominations c
Thou, Washington , aret ^all the world's, humanity's freedom's
        Freedom's, Law's, —not yours alone, America
Thy fame, (no lurid fame exceptional, for the nor
        intellect, nor conquest's domination,)
By deathless waves of emanation the race's
        common ownership,
Europe's, ^as well, in castle or in cot laborer's cot—the
        Arab's in his tent—the African's,
Old Asia's there with venerable smile seated
        amid the past,
(Greets the antique the hero new? 'tis but the
        same—the eternal heart and arm—the
        heir legitimate
Courage, alertness, patience, hope, the same—
        e'en in defeat defeated not, the same;)
No lurid fame exceptional, nor monstrous intellect, nor conquest's domination;)
Through teeming cities' streets, indoors or out,
        factories or farms,
Where'er ship sails, or house is built on land,
        or night or day,
Now, or to come, or past—where patriot
        bra wills existed or exist
Wherever Freedom, pois'd by toleration, sway'd by Law,
Rising or risen,of thee are monuments there are is thy monumentst .

This manuscript was probably composed in early 1885, shortly before the poem commemorating the dedication of the Washington Monument was published.
Editorial note
"Ah, Not This Granite Dead and Cold" was published first on February 22, 1885, in the Philadelphia Press. The poem was ultimately titled "Washington's Monument, February 22, 1885."
Ah, not this granite dead and cold MA 627  |  The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.
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