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in a vigil, and then going to the Capitol with Caroline and John-John. "Again yesterday she decided what her role was and she played it. She saw her duty and she lived up to it. "Not one of us would have blamed her if she had hidden at home-not one of us would have blamed her if she had worn dark glasses, or if she had left the children behind. Yet she went from triumph to triumph, all showing that something within us, for which, when it is revealed, we can all be proud." Like Lincoln's passing, the loss of President Kennedy moved men to poetry as well as tears. England's 85-year-old poet laureate, John Masefield, penned a tribute which appeared in The Times of London on the day of the funeral: All generous hearts lament the leader killed, The young chief with the smile, the radiantface, The winning way that turned a wondrous race Into sublimer pathways, leading on. Grant to us Life that though the man be gone The promise of his spirit be fulfilled. And in a program of the British Broadcast ing Corporation so movingly sincere that it was made a part of the CongressionalRecord, heartsick young actors who normally devote their talents to satire quoted Longfellow's grand old words inspired by the death of the Civil War President: ... sail on, 0 Ship of State! Sail on, 0 Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate! "When Kennedy was elected three years ago, it was as if we'd all been given some gigantic, miraculous present," said one young man in the special November 23 broadcast of B.B.C.'s "That Was the Week That Was." "Suddenly over there in Washington was Home for the last time, John F. Kennedy enters the White House at 4:25 a.m., Satur day, November 23. Jacqueline Kennedy, still in the pink suit selected for a triumphal ride through Dallas, Texas, follows the flag draped casket; her husband's brother, At torney General Robert F. Kennedy, walks at her side. Sisters-in-law Eunice Shriver and Ethel Kennedy, with Peace Corps Di rector Sargent Shriver, follow them. Serv icemen present arms as their slain Com mander in Chief moves past. CECIL W. STOUGHTON© NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY 311.