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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
6. England and America
 
By Florence T. Holt
 
 
MOTHER and child! Though the dividing sea
  Shall roll its tide between us, we are one,
  Knit by immortal memories, and none
But feels the throb of ancient fealty.
A century has passed since at thy knee        5
  We learnt the speech of freemen, caught the fire
  That would not brook thy menaces, when sire
And grandsire hurled injustice back to thee.
 
But the full years have wrought equality:
  The past outworn, shall not the future bring        10
  A deeper union, from whose life shall spring
Mankind’s best hope? In the dark night of strife
Men perished for their dream of Liberty
Whose lives were given for this larger life.
 

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