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Theodore Tilton
			
36                           THE REVIEW





                               IV
             THEODORE TILTON--1835-1907.


    [Dr. R. C. Ransom, of Boston, Mass., than whom, as a warm admirer
of Mr. Tilton, there is no fitter man among us to pen a tribute, gives us
in the following appreciation something as beautiful as his subject. We
are happy in being able to present it to Review readers.  Editor.]


       "The gods are dead,--and all the godlike men
         Are dying too! How fast they disappear!
       For Death seems discontent to fill the grave
         With common bones, but downward to his den
       Drags, like a greedy monster, year by year,
         The men most missed--the good, the wise, the brave!"
     Self exiled, Theodore  Tilton breathed his last upon  a
foreign  shore.    Few  American  men of letters  have  stood
upon the threshold of their career with more promising pros-
pects of  a brilliant future.       Nature  bestowed her  choicest
gifts upon  him  with  a lavish hand.          Physically  "his  form
was like Apollo's," he was six feet, four inches in height and
straight as an arrow.       He  was both a poet and an orator,
while his pen wrought powerfully in the creation of potential
literature.   He  was  the idol of a  select  company of intel-
!ectuals who, through their influence, opened  wide to him  the
door of opportunity.       But in the  prime of his manhood, at
the height of the exercise of his splendid powers, the sun of
his ascendency was eclipsed at noon  by the dark  shadow of
a domestic tragedy.
     Theodore  Tilton  was  born  October  2, 1835.   He was




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 24, Num. 1

Theodore Tilton

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Volume:  24
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  36
Date:  07/1907


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