Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
December 21st, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 279,673 comments.
Vachel Lindsay - Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

In Springfield, Illinois

IT is portentious, and a thing of state 
That here at midnight, in our little town 
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest, 
Near the old court-house, pacing up and down. 

Or by his homestead, or by shadowed yards 
He lingers where his children used to play, 
Or through the market, on the well-worn stones 
He stalks until the dawn-stars burn away. 

A bronzed, lank man! His suit of ancient black, 
A famous high top-hat, and plain worn shawl 
Make him the quaint, great figure that men love, 
The prairie-lawyer, master of us all. 

He cannot sleep upon his hillside now. 
He is among us:--as in times before! 
And we who toss or lie awake for long 
Breathe deep, and start, to see him pass the door. 

His head is bowed. He thinks on men and kings. 
Yea, when the sick world cries, how can he sleep? 
Too many peasants fight, they know not why, 
Too many homesteads in black terror weep. 

The sins of all the war-lords burn his heart. 
He sees the dreadnaughts scouring every main. 
He carries on his shawl-wrapped shoulders now 
The bitterness, the folly and the pain. 

He cannot rest until a spirit-dawn 
Shall come:--the shining hope of Europe free: 
The league of sober folk, the Workers' Earth, 
Bringing long peace to Cornland, Alp and Sea. 

It breaks his heart that kings must murder still, 
That all his hours of travail here for men 
Seem yet in vain. And who will bring white peace 
That he may sleep upon his hill again?

Share |

Added: Feb 1 2004 | Viewed: 12338 times | Comments and analysis of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay Comments (512)

Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight - Comments and Information

Poet: Vachel Lindsay
Poem: Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
Poem of the Day: Aug 12 2007

Comment 512 of 512, added on October 21st, 2014 at 4:07 AM.
NzEpfeziuoiKrOy

f6Nxub whoah this blog is excellent i love reading your posts. Keep up the great work! You know, lots of people are looking around for this information, you could help them greatly.

crorkz from United States
Comment 511 of 512, added on August 7th, 2014 at 3:50 PM.
gykYGnEfrkJGmPEcnUo

Thank you for your post.Much thanks again. Will read on...

personalised iphon 5s cover from Brunei Darussalam, Negara
Comment 510 of 512, added on August 7th, 2014 at 3:39 PM.
cdKJHSwVnioyQzcY

I really like and appreciate your post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

personalised money box from Qatar

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, has received 512 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Lindsay Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore