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Sam Walter Foss
Sam Walter Foss, June 19, 1858 - February 26, 1911, was a librarian and poet whose most famous works included "The House by the Side of the Road" and "The Coming American." He was born in rural Candia, New Hampshire. Foss lost his mother at age four, worked on his father's farm and went to school in the winter. He graduated from Brown University in 1882, and would be considered illustrious enough to warrant having his name inscribed on the mace. Beginning in 1898, he served as librarian at the Somerville Public Library in Massachusetts. He married a minister's daughter, with whom he had a daughter and son. Foss used to write a poem a day for the newspapers, and his five volumes of collected poetry are of the frank and homely “common man” variety. "Bring me men to match my mountains, Bring me men to match my plains, Men with empires in their purpose, And new eras in their brains."

the coming war
"There will be a war in Europe,
Thrones will be rent and overturned,"

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