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Acle At The Grave Of Nero.

George W Sands 1824 ( Pennsylvania,) – 1900 (District of Columbia, District of Columbia, )



It is a circumstance connected with the history of Nero, that every spring and summer, for many years after his death, fresh and beautiful flowers were nightly scattered upon his grave by some unknown hand.

Tradition relates that it was done by a young maiden of Corinth, named Acle, whom Nero had brought to Rome from her native city, whither he had gone in the disguise of an artist, to contend in the Nemean, Isthinian, and Floral games, celebrated there; and whence he returned conqueror in the Palaestra, the chariot race, and the song; bearing with him, like Jason of old, a second Medea, divine in form and feature as the first, and who like her had left father, friends, and country, to follow a stranger.

Even the worse than savage barbarity of this sanguinary tyrant, had not cut him off from all human affection; and those flowers were doubtless the tribute of that young girl's holy and enduring love!

Whose name is on yon lettered stone? whose ashes rest beneath?
That thus you come with flowers to deck the mournful home of death;
And thou - why darkens so thy brow with grief's untimely gloom?
Thou art fitter for a bride than for a watcher by the tomb!

"It is the name of one whose deeds made men grow pale with fear,
And Nero's, stranger, is the dust that lies sepulchred here;
That name may be a word of harsh and boding sound to thee,
But oh! it has a more than mortal melody for me!

"And I, - my heart has grown to age in girlhood's fleeting years,
And has one only task - to bathe its buried love in tears;
The all of life that yet remains to me is but its breath;
Then tell me, is it meet that I should seek the bridal wreath?"

But maiden, he of whom you speak was of a savage mood,
That took its joy alone in scenes, of carnage, tears and blood;
His dark, wild spirit bore the stain of crime's most loathsome hue,
And love is for the high of soul - the gentle and the true.

"The voice that taught an abject world to tremble at its words,
To me was mild and musical, and mellow as a bird's -
A bird's - that couched among the green, broad branches of the date,
Tells, in its silvery songs, its gushing gladness to its mate.

"I saw him first beside the sea; near to ray father's home,
When like an ocean deity he bounded from the foam;
Ev'n then a glory seemed to breathe around him as he trod,
And my haughty soul was bowed, as in the presence of a God.

I knew not, till my heart was his, the darkness of his own,
Nor dreamed that he who knelt to me was master of a throne!
And when the fearful knowledge came, its coming was in vain, -
I had forsaken all for him, and would do so again."

Is love the offspring of the will? or is it, like a flower,
So frail that it may fade and be forgotten in an hour?
No, no! it springs unbidden where the heart's deep fountains play,
And cherished by their hallowed dew, it cannot pass away!
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George W Sands

GEORGE W. SANDS, died suddenly of heart failure Sunday morning at his boarding house, near the Capitol, in Washington, aged 57 years. Mr. Sands, who was formerly of this city, was preparing to come to Hagerstown on the B&O excursion when stricken. He had been down to the station Saturday night and he went to his boarding house and complained of feeling ill. He went to bed and was found dead in it, peaceful and composed as he had died without a pang of any kind. He had taken a little medicine that he had gotten at a drug store, but had declined to see a physician. Added by Sanebee George W. Sands BIRTH Mar 1842 Pennsylvania, USA DEATH 22 Jul 1900 (aged 58) District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA BURIAL Rose Hill Cemetery Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA PLOT Sec D/125 MEMORIAL ID 143562442 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS 3 FLOWERS 0 GEORGE W. SANDS, died suddenly of heart failure Sunday morning at his boarding house, near the Capitol, in Washington, aged 57 years. Mr. Sands, who was formerly of this city, was preparing to come to Hagerstown on the B&O excursion when stricken. He had been down to the station Saturday night and he went to his boarding house and complained of feeling ill. He went to bed and was found dead in it, peaceful and composed as he had died without a pang of any kind. He had taken a little medicine that he had gotten at a drug store, but had declined to see a physician. The telegram announcing his death was a severe shock to his family. The deceased had been employed in the Government Printing Office since last March. He was appointed to the position through the influence of Congressman Pearre. Mr. Sands had been a sufferer from heart trouble for some time, but had been feeling well. He was a tailor by trade and for a number of years was employed by Grove Bros. Before going to Washington he was a Court baliff. He was a Republican and took an active part in politics. During 1898 he had charge of the senate cloak room at Annapolis. He served in the Union Army during the latter part of the Civil War. He was a member of Reno Post G.A.R. and Sioux Tribe of Redmen. more…

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