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Francis Miles Finch

American judge
Francis Miles Finch

Francis Miles Finch (1827 – 1907) was an American judge, poet, and academic associated with the early years of Cornell University. One of his poems, The Blue and the Gray, is frequently reprinted to this day.


  • These in the robings of glory,
    Those in the gloom of defeat,
    All with the battle-blood gory,
    In the dusk of eternity meet;—

    Under the sod and the dew,
    Waiting the judgment-day;—
    Under the laurel the Blue,
    Under the willow, the Gray.
    • The Blue and the Gray, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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