James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

April 27

Grant at Rest

By John James Meehan

  • The remains of General Grant were placed in the tomb on Riverside Drive, April 27, 1897.

  • NOT like the tombs where sleep Egyptian kings,

    Raised up by bondmen driven from afar

    Is thy last home; a song of glory rings

    Above the cannon of forgotten war.

    Gone are the steeds of strife and battle now;

    Furled are the flags that billowed over them;

    Folded the hands and quiescent the brow

    That faced their call and knew their requiem.

    O River, flowing onward by the shore,

    Keep green the grass that rises from the sod

    Where men that are shall falter nevermore,

    And slaves that were uplift free hands to God!