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    John Brayshaw Kaye (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1874. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHICAGO IN ASHES.* Queen City of the proud imperial West! City that was, but is not! thou hast sunk As thou hadst risen! Greatness is a guest Will ne'er forsake thee. Even now, when shrunk By the dread sea of fire which whelmed thee o'er, Like the mad maelstrom, in its lurid spray-- A flood of flame whose deep, unearthly roar Shall haunt thy people's hearts their latest day-- Still art thou great. The desolated plain Where late stood princely marts and gilded halls, The fox and badger might resume again, And swallows build among thy crumbled walls. Unequaled in thy rise, and in thy fall Outvying Moscow I Yet no Bonaparte, •:October 11, 1871. With famished legions, threatens to appal With deeper gloom the mourning public heart. Thy stately fabrics faded into smoke! Great convocation of triumphant art Dispersed like chaff before the whirlwind's stroke: While Ruin reigned supreme in every part. Sad desolation! church, and court, and home Mingling promiscuous in grim decay. Dilapidation of our modern Rome! The mighty ruins of a little day: But such a day! what woe, and grief, and tears, Despair, and death, and ruin, and their train, With all the evils of a hundred years Concentered in this space of dread and pain. Mothers and children, husbands, daughters, wives, Fled terror-stricken, as the tongued flames Lapped up their homes: fled only with their lives. Whither, they knew not! and the ready names Of the dear missing ones were called aloud, But died to whispers in the mournful din Of cries and lamentations from the crowd: Security was all they sought to win. Far-famed metrop'lis of the Occident! What fate has overtaken thee and thine Is sad to contemplate: words are no vent: There should be grief and sorrow in each line To trace the feelings of the t...
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