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Source: Buffalo Evening News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “Jim Parker”
Author(s): Lovejoy, George Newell
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 14 October 1901
Volume number: 43
Issue number: 3
Pagination: 2

 
Citation
Lovejoy, George Newell. “Jim Parker.” Buffalo Evening News 14 Oct. 1901 v43n3: p. 2.
 
Transcription
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Keywords
James B. Parker (poetry).
 
Named persons
Arthur; James B. Parker.
 
Notes
The poem below is prefaced by the following statement by Lovejoy: “Not a ‘legend.’ Give Jim Parker, in his deed, full credit and honor.”
 
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Jim Parker

Say not that his skin was as hue of the night,
Speak not of his color, but measure him right
In the scale of humanity, for, lot he was
A Man, every inch of him, truly, because
He answered to Duty, and quickly and well,
When he smote to the dust the sly demon of hell.

No knight, like Sir Arthur’s, of ancient days,
Was he, but his deed it has won the world’s praise,
So lift, lift your hats as this fellow goes by,
While a smile lights your face and a tear fills each eye—
As you think of it all—while your proud lips proclaim:
“Jim Parker! Ah, you are a true knight of fame!”

 

 


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