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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
April 20
Spain’s Hour of Doom
By Albert Rowland Haven
 
          Written on the declaration of Cuban independence by the American Congress, April 20, 1898.

SPAIN’S hour has struck. No more her flag
  Shall float o’er Cuba’s fateful isle.
  Her reign of treachery and guile
Is o’er. No more shall vengeance lag.
 
Back to their gaunt Iberian crag        5
  Her desolating legions hurl,
  Or let the wild Atlantic’s swirl
Their souls and bodies hellward drag.
 
Ay, let her new armada flee
  Westward her tyranny to maintain.        10
  We will, in memory of the Maine,
Meet it and sink it in the sea.
 
Out of the Western Hemisphere
  Spain’s yellow banner soon shall fade.
  No more by her shall graves be made        15
Where grain should grow and fruits appear.
 
No more her fiends with sword and fire
  The Cuban’s homes shall devastate,
  Slay sons, and daughters violate
Before their mother and their sire.        20
 
The infamy of Spain shall loom
  Black over the devoted isle
  No longer. Not by force or wile
Can she put back the hour of doom.
 
That hour has struck. From Morro’s height        25
  Haul down her old dishonored flag,
  While back to her Iberian crag,
She takes her ignominious flight.
 
 
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