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Robert E. Lee Poem

September 30, 2009

Robert Edward Lee Monument

Robert E. Lee

By William Shakespeare Hays

(1837-1907)

The drapery of Heaven hung low

In dark and gloomy shrouds;

The angels used the weeping stars

In pinning back the clouds.

The shades of gloom and woe prevailed

O’er all the land and sea,

And eyes that were unused to tears

Now wept for Robert Lee.

A Christian soldier, true and brave

Beloved, near and far,

He was the first in time of peace,

And first in time of war.

Virginia never reared a son

More brave and good than he,

Save one, and he was Washington,

Who lived and died like Lee.

The nation wept when cruel death

Into his mansion stole;

But angels, in the “Better Land,”

Received his peaceful soul.

For that belongs to God alone,

He gave it to Him free,

And left the South the fame and name

Of Robert Edward Lee.

His peaceful sword is laid away.

His work on earth is done,

He loved the people of the South,

They idolized their son.

There’s not a woman, man or child,

I care not where they be,

Throughout the still, sweet sunny South,

But loves the name of Lee.

He had no enemies on earth,

There’s not a voice that can

Say aught against the name of Lee,

The soldier or the man.

And that would be a proud, cold heart,

That e’er would cease to be

The place where memory wrote the name

Of Robert Edward Lee.

Bow down thy heads, ye Southern sons,

A few brief moments spend,

In weeping for the loss of one

Who lived and died your friend.

He loved you as he loved his life,

And when on bended knee,

Look up, and let the angels hear

Your prayer, “God bless our Lee.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. concernedx2 permalink
    June 20, 2010 4:02 am

    I am very impressed with this site. Robert E. Lee is a very important part of American history. I have visited his battle fields, his headquarters at Gettysburg and his burial site. Not only have I found Robert E. Lee to be a man of honor, but, I have found that most of the people who follow the facts concerning Rebert E. Lee and the Civil War to be people of honor. It was a joy to be treated with such high respect by the staff at the church where my favorite hero lies at rest.

  2. Loucas permalink
    July 25, 2010 8:02 pm

    There’s nothing else to say.the poem said everything

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