Tuesday, May 14, 2013


The favorite poem of Admiral Dewey, and by him suggested as his contribution. Also sent in by many contestants.
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold.

Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said:
“What writest thou ?'"- The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord."

“And is mine one?'" said Abou. '"Nay, not so,”
Replied the angel.-Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said, “I pray thee, then
Write me as one that loves his fellow-men. '"

The angel wrote and vanished. The next night
It came again, with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,-
And, ­lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!
Leigh Hunt

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