FEBRUARY 12


    Great, gaunt man,
who "walked slowly, but
          never walked back,"
great president of these American
          States,
raw-boned, self-taught, melancholy,
      simple, honest, eloquent man,
determined to see it through,
        once the object had been determined,
    steady, unwavering commander,
                merciful exponant of "malice
        toward none, charity for all,"
   powerful mind, large heart,
                great, gaunt man,
                Abraham Lincoln,
           born February 12, 1809,
           Hardin County, Kentucky.


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