Beyond this Ah, not this granite dead and cold.
|Beyond this Ah not th|eis 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 , ar|et ^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 monumen|tst .
- 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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